In the lush heat and thundering skies of late July, stores start rolling out back-to-school sales and school uniform displays, harbingers of the cooler, calmer weather to come. But this summer, the familiar rhythms seem hollow and dispiriting. This summer has been another in a long line of Red Summers, hatred pulsing, searing, erupting in violence that can’t be relieved by summer rain or the promise of the fall. It’s become harder and harder to find respite from the violence in the world.

Yet, in the middle of this summer that feels as if the world is coming apart at the seams, I find myself turning towards my turn in the classroom this fall with renewed energy and, importantly, renewed hope.

In a recent essay for The Guardian, Rebecca Solnit returns to the topical terrain of her 2005 book “Hope in the Dark.” Hope, Solnit argues, is “not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative…” Instead, Solnit suggests, we should look for hope in the unknown, the uncertain, the failure and the unpredictable. Hope dwells in “broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act,” offering “an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.”

This account of hope sounds a lot like pedagogy when it is at its best and most vital.

Read the full post at Newfound.


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