Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution
by Derrick Jensen
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Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Chelsea Green
Topics: Education, Love, Sex, Eros, Nature, Personal Growth, Social Movements
Description: Remember the days of longing for the hands on the classroom clock to move faster? Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. Why is that? What happens to creativity and individuality as we pass through the educational system?
'Walking on Water' is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom - whether college or maximum security prison - where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers. As a writing teacher Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.
Jensen's great gift as a teacher and writer is to bring us fully alive at the same moment he is making us confront our losses and count our defeats. It is at the center of 'Walking on Water', a book that is not only a hard-hitting and sometimes scathing critique of our current educational system and not only a hands-on method for learning how to write, but, like Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way', a lesson on how to connect to the core of our creative selves, to the miracle of waking up and arriving breathless (but with dry feet) on the far shore.
Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of 'A Language Older Than Words', 'The Culture of Make Believe', 'Listening to the Land', 'Railroads and Clearcuts', and most recently, co-author of 'Strangely Like War'. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited 'The Culture of Make Believe' as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He lives on the coast of northern California.
Review(s): "I would urge all teachers' colleges and schools of education to get rid of their textbooks and required courses and instead give everyone preparing to be a teacher a copy of Derrick Jensen's 'Walking on Water'. It is a superb commentary on learning, for both teachers and students - practical and visionary at the same time." - Howard Zinn, author of 'A People's History of the United States'
"The clarity and force of these ideas cut like a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon, preserving the vital, removing the diseased. Mr. Jensen burns sharp holes in the dark places of those rituals we have been tricked into believing are education. We owe him a debt of gratitude for these transformational insights. Read this book!" - John Taylor Gatto, author of 'Dumbing Us Down'
"Almost brutal in its honesty, revealing of the ways the system reproduces itself, and liberating . . Jensen's 'Walking on Water' is an act of hope, of resistance, of life-affirmance, that calls for the end of what my brother, Delbert Africa, aptly called a 'deathstyle.'" - Mumia Abu Jamal, author of 'Live From Death Row' and 'Faith of Our Fathers'
"Jensen deserves four checkmarks for courage... His ideas are always radical and often inspiring. He rails against the public education system frequently and with refreshing humor, telling students their papers "have to be good enough - interesting enough - that I would rather read them than make love." Jensen's strength lies in his honest, provocative, passionate approach... Jensen's first, second, third and fourth rules of writing are don't bore the reader. In that effort, he succeeds masterfully." - Publisher's Weekly