I’m thinking of the popular bell hooks quote: “The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for … an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.” Learning pathways let each individual create that “paradise” for themselves — yours certainly wouldn’t look like mine, and vice versa!
This may be a popular quote to some, but it was new to me. I’m intrigued by the idea of a classroom as a potential paradise. It begs the question, “Is your classroom a paradise?”