The origin of the word "education" means to draw out, and that in essence says so much about what I believe education to be. Are students empty vessels which need to be filled, or do they possess deep resources of knowing and understanding that simply need skillful uncovering? While there is no question that to know "things" - facts and concepts and theories - can be of great use in life, I believe we have put an over-emphasis on factual accumulation at the expense of a more profound and innate capacity that we all possess. I see the study of literature along with the development of an individual writing practice to be powerful means to a rich understanding of who we are, and who we need to be for each other.
“Gay is super supportive. She really respects what I need and is always easy to talk to in class.”
“Gay is very passionate. It’s great to learn from someone who really cares about what they are teaching. I have loved having the opportunity to try writing poems with an experienced writer, and it has definitely sparked an interest in poetry for me. Also, Shakespeare was so cool!”
“I love the conversations I have with Gay and the books she recommends. She’s very easy to work with and helps me learn a lot.”
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