As Robert Yagelski explains in Writing as a Way of Beingthe ideological and social pressures of our institutions put us under increasing pressure to sacrifice our humanity in the interest of efficiency.
Each of these authors contributes to this vision by showing us how writing can be, variously, a practice of empathy, self-realization, caring, well-being, and joy.
Yagelski, a man of the heart as well as a sharp scholarly head, urges us to a reconsideration of writing as something vital and important and not just some kind of deconstructionist series of lies. Their work shows that writing can contribute to personal, social, and political transformation by nurturing vulnerability, compassion, and empathy among students and instructors alike.
Because the vision of writing presented by these authors is unconventional, some readers might find these essays challenging for the ways in which they call robert yagelski writing as a way of being question mainstream pedagogies and practices.
I had always assumed, like most English teachers I know, that writing should produce a text to be used for some explicit purpose—to keep a record, promote learning, communicate ideas or information, or demonstrate writing ability as in the context of assessment. Some 1, educators from around the United States gathered in a hotel ballroom in Indianapolis, and they were writing for its own sake.
The authors integrate personal stories, descriptions of classroom assignments and activities, and current research in writing studies. Without denying the importance of writing as an essential communicative practice, these authors nevertheless reject the prevailing idea that the significance of writing lies primarily in its use as a means of learning and conveying content; rather, these authors describe the transformative possibilities of writing when it is liberated from the constraints of strictly utilitarian purposes.
And almost never is the purpose of that writing to produce a text to be read or used by someone other than the writer. This is a book about the human, and the importance of interconnection and shared commitments and our need through language to be more, in a postmodern time when most academics have abandoned a belief in "the human" as some passe Enlightenment ideal, and abandoned the idea of pursuing issues of social justice and equity as some kind of essentialist pipe dream.
Featuring essays drawn from a range of contexts, including college composition and developmental reading and writing, professional and legal writing, middle school English, dissertation projects, academic conferences, and an online writing group, the collection outlines three ways writing can help us stay human: We write—together—for other reasons, because writing as an activity matters, separate from any text that is produced.
The essays in this collection remind us that writing can be a powerful tool for this purpose. But Yagelski calls for us to rise up and speak and write again with hope as part of the very real effort of saving ourselves and the planet. And you then have to write!
Greenfield, Suzanne Kucharczyk, Johanna M. In that Indianapolis ballroom, writing was in fact an act of being, an intense awareness of ourselves in that moment: Completing the Paradigm Shift to Process Writing: You have to admire him for that. The Need to Lead Excerpt from Article For most of my year career as a writing teacher, I had never seriously thought of an act of writing as separate from the text produced.
Writing in the moment, I have come to realize, has the capacity to change us. Language can surely be this and we have had a century proving this could be the case through several wars and the Hiroshima and the Holocaust and several more genocides In this sense, writing is a potentially powerful vehicle for transformation, for it opens up possibilities for awareness, reflection, and inquiry that writing as an act of textual production does not necessarily do.
Writing, as described by the authors of these essays, is both a tool for living and a way of being. Author biography This book is an edited collection for our times, one that speaks to a desperate need to embrace our shared humanity and refocus our individual and collective energies on imagining and working toward a more equitable, peaceful, and humane future.
More to the point, rarely had I considered simply discarding the text once the period of writing was over—in effect, ignoring the text and simply writing.
This is a book about the human, This is one of the most important books in recent decades about the teaching of writing and its crucial importance to our lives from one of our very leading lights in the field of English education.
Each essay describes specific strategies for using writing as a means for staying human in inhuman times.
Masterfully written, powerful, passionate, important in so many ways, especially for right now, as the Common Core privileges formulaic scorched earth argument serving corporate "needs" and a conservative return to "the text itself" via s New Critical approaches.Reviewed by: Talitha May, Ohio University Home: Introduction Robert Yagelski’s () book Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability argued that writing instruction is implicated in the crisis of sustainability.
Book Reviews Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Cri - sis of Sustainability, by Robert P. killarney10mile.com York: Hampton, pp. The human element of our work has never been more important.
As Robert Yagelski explains in Writing as a Way of Being (), the ideological and social pressures of our institutions put us under increasing pressure to sacrifice our humanity in the interest of efficiency.
A Thousand Writers Writing: Seeking Change through the Radical Practice of Writing as a Way of Being. By: Robert Yagelski Date: July 23, Summary: Robert Yagelski, director of the New York Capital District Writing Project, discusses the transformative power of writing as an act in and of itself as he reevaluates the traditional motivations for teaching writing in schools.
Dec 06, · Yagelski's argument is that we should teach writing as a way of being--or in other words, that we should focus on the act of writing rather than trying to conform to education's standards of making the writing "correct."/5(3).
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