“We need to know the destination–if not in a precise way, then at least a generalized way. Before we actually translate anything into reality we must be able to dream about it.”
In my world, in my sphere of influence, the destination is all I have. I am not a writer. I am a teacher. If I wish to have any success, if I wish to have any a power or influence, I have to sell my students on their potential; I have to help them see the end–sort of a transpurposed (yes, I made that word up) photograph–they have to see a snap shot of who they could be in the future. In the end I have to help my students believe the dream I have for them and help them have that same dream.
So the question must be asked: what is my dream for my students? Where do I want them to be in the future? If Mr. Yunus is correct that dreams must exist before reality can be realized, then this question has to be asked. Here is my dream. I don’t write, I teach my students how to write, and if I am allowed, I am going to extend the definition of writing into a more infinite form. I want my students to write their futures. I want any and every student to leave my room with the power to take control of their life and choose a life of good. Everyone should have a definition of what “good” is and it is okay if it does not always agree–as long as core moral values are addressed. I want my students to be agents of globalization because as Doreen Starke-Meyerring said, “Globalization not only increases discursive interaction between multiple local contexts but also connects diverse local contexts, organizations, and their discursive practices with global ones.”
This quote may seem like it is taken out of context until I explain how I look at this in relationship to my dream. Discursive means dropping intuition and relying upon reasoning in order to proceed. I want my students to be positive parts of this globalization process that is sweeping this world. In whatever ways they participate I want them to write uplifting, impressive, and legacy leaving chapters in this movement. I want them to dream their epoch and then translate that into reality with thorough reasoning and intention–not just intuition–and I feel as though it is my job to teach them how to do this type of writing.
In relationship to this idea, I am drawn to what Deborah Cameron says in Globalization and Language Teaching. She says, “What I am calling self-improvement culture’ comprises a range of practices and text-types focusing on the individual and her or his relationships with others, and particularly on the problems of modern personal life.” I am drawn to this because it relates the idea of language being used to promote positive interaction with fellow citizens. This concept should be globalized because the reality now needs, to use Yunus, to be re-dreamed and retranslated.
As I look at the world our youth is going out into, when I look t the world our youth will be asked to fix in the future, I worry and I am overwhelmed about my job in the present. I think things need to be changed. I think that a new definition of writing needs to be examined. Teaching implies action will or should eventually and inevitably follow. I can have my students write paper after paper about chain reactions from one small action, or in essence the proverbial butterfly effect, or I can teach them how to be agents of change and agents of change for the good.
I do not mean to preach, but I suppose I will always look at every opportunity as a teaching and learning experience because I am a true blue, died in the wool, teacher. I suppose I have also taken a lot of liberties with this assignment and the very definition of writing, but I took an honest look at my profession and an honest look at what I do with writing and this is the most sincere topic I could think of, and as this is the last blog post for this class, I wanted to go out with a bang. Thank you for indulging me and my strange way of looking at life, but this is me and this is real life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to my colleagues for being so kind about my writing and it has been an honor to rub shoulders with you all.