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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

a ratty new year

Happy new year everybody.
For some this will be the year of the rat.
A rat year is a time of hard work, activity, and renewal. This is a good year to make a fresh start. Projects begun in a rat year may not yield fast returns, but opportunities will come for people who are well prepared and resourceful. The best way to succeed this year is to be patient, let things develop slowly, and make the most of every opening you can find.

And, as if to epitomize this approach, The United Nations has declared 2008 the international year of the potato.

Here's to another year of slow cultivation ...and continuously seeking the places where cultivation can happen.


Nancy Friday said...

Happy New Year to everyone at Literacies - Tracey and Tannis - the two ts!

Thanks for a wonderful past year of enlightenment, food for thought, professional development and most importantly, friendship.

May 2008 be a fruitful and funding-filled year for Literacies!

I am looking forward to 2008 and will do my best to eat my share of potatoes!


Anonymous said...

Hi, I just discovered the magazine at a Windsor Chapters and was so glad to find it. I was intrigued with Maria Moriarty's article and Joanne Elvy's as well and I say intrigued because they both address an important issue - teaching literacy as a form of popular education. Maria seems to skirt the issue that in a capitalist society literacy is equated with skills training because that's all the owners want out of the workforce.Funding is hard to come by because the capitalist system plans it that way.

The Cuban model in Elvy is literacy as popular education(as opposed to indoctrination) meant to change society into a place that is egalitarian and free of exploitation. We need to go beyond our Canadian left leaning liberal viewpoint to a more radical alternative: emancipation of the working class. Literacy training and popular education is where to start!

Paul Chislett
Windsor, On.

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