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About Great Women Scholars
Reading as a transactional process, reader-response, the ways texts teach, miscue analysis, kid watching, social responsibility and imagination, our existential existence, I am not yet, not yet, are all ideas that are part of who we are, but would not be without Yetta Goodman, Maxine Greene, Louise Rosenblatt, and Margaret Meek Spencer.
On Friday, September 21st 2001, ten days after 9-11, Yetta, Maxine, Louise, and Margaret spoke about their lives and work, what makes teaching sublime, and about the dark side of imagination. To keep hope alive, to continue to imagine life as it could be otherwise, and for the sake of future generations and ourselves, it is important that we read what they had to say and continue to learn from them.
Excerpted Quotes from Great Women Scholars – Yetta Goodman, Maxine Greene, Louise Rosenblatt, and Margaret Meek Spencer.
“The point of being incomplete,” Maxine continued, “feeling like I am no nearer an answer, is that I do philosophy. And philosophy doesn’t have to do with answers, it has to do with questions, and most of the questions are unanswerable empirically, logically. It means more questions, like: ‘What is beauty?’ ‘What is justice?’ ‘What is freedom?’ There are no empirical answers to any of those.”
“Mutual aid, my father’s whole point was that the struggle for survival was not the only thing that happened in evolution,” Louise said. “There was mutual aid. There was cooperation. There was care and fidelity among animals as well as among humans.”
Margaret Meek Spencer
“One strand of the Faulkner experience has remained with me,” she said. “Most of my research included huge inputs by thinkers like Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, and the French philosophers, who are the other non-English strand of my thinking. But although I had to study linguistics, from Saussure on, I never gave up teaching poetry and literature generally.”
“That’s what it took,” Yetta said. “I tell students to stop and look at the things that they think are the most negative about themselves and to ask how can they can use those things in positives ways, as strengths. The negative things that we take for granted are also our strengths. That’s what I began to learn, little by little.”
Great Women Scholars: Introduced and Edited by Denny Taylor
Denny Taylor has organized more than 30 international scholars forums. She speaks to diverse national and international audiences on a broad range of issues, especially the interconnections between the rapid acceleration in climate change and the dismantling of US public schools, which are not widely recognized. Taylor is particularly interested in bringing to the attention of the public what many parents and teachers already know, which is that in the US, children are being taught to work for the corporations that are using up Earth’s resources, contaminating the planet, and causing the climate system to adversely change, making Earth and unsafe place for our kids to be. In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame.