Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Friday, May 4, 2007


From the Freire conference.

While waiting for the Freire conference to begin, a colleague told us about being laid off. She was told that the organization could no longer afford her work and then left with a person contracted to escort her from the building. She told us, "They said that is how things are done now - it makes it easier for everybody. I think they thought they were doing the right thing."

In the introduction to Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Freire hopes for "the creation of a world in which it will be easier to love." The conference was about how people remember and reinvent Freire and we were told powerful stories of love and working to keep people at the centre of processes.

Funding cuts are hurting us, our friends and our field. When we say goodbye to our beloved co-workers, we miss them and everybody misses their contribution to our collective wisdom. Often we are unable to find ways for them to stay in literacy and that hurts too. A couple of my Freire conference friends helped me work in literacy during the year Literacies was not funded. It helped me stay connected and energized and, well, it helped me stay. Thank you.

My hope is that we can remember Freire and honour our best literacy traditions by keeping people at the centre of even the most painful processes and treating them with love.


Nancy said...

Wow! It has taken me many tries to figure out how to leave a comment - the identity thing just really threw me. Is it just me or is the process of leaving a comment really not intuitive? Anyway, I am so glad I finally figured it out! Have been reading this blog and now I can finally comment! Yeah! Enough excitement for tonight. Later, Nancy F

literacies publisher said...

Hi Nancy .... sorry you had so much trouble ... I had the moderator settings set too high. I thought I had it set so that I could delete any rudeness that ended up here but I had it set so that no comments could be published until I read them and approved. I changed the setting so it should become easier. Also I am going to try and find a 'how to comment' resource to link to. I know I found it confusing the first time I tried but had forgotten that!

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