Relationships – education and ‘the Other’

Above all the teacher has to be welcoming to the Other. She recognises the importance of respecting and paying attention to singularity, to the radical heterogeneity of an individual and an event. She starts from an original affirmation, a welcoming of the Other and an openness to the difference of the Other, ‘yes’ to the Other, a ‘yes’ which for her is responsibility and engagement in a future to come. This means letting to of any absolute truths and totalising systems of knowing, for new knowledge can only be generated when we abandon the presumption that we possess incontrovertible truths.”

Ref: p.104 Rinaldi quoted in Dahlberg, G., and Moss, P. (2005). Ethics and politics in early childhood education. London: RoutledgeFalmer

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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