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By C. Joldersma

Joldersma applies Levinas's ethics systematically to the commonplaces of schooling - instructing, studying, curriculum, and associations - and elucidates the function of justice and accountability and the that means of calling and proposal in schooling.

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It requires relinquishing inadequate conceptualizations or erroneous assumptions before one really knows what is more adequate. Becoming critical of oneself requires an other, a teacher, from whom one learns to be self-critical. Of course, if it is to lead to autonomy, learning from another cannot simply be a purely passive reception of information transferred from the teacher to the student. Those championing the autonomy of the student are quite right about criticizing simple information transfer as an inadequate model.

In the autonomy tradition, that is considered the first move. A set of originary, rational principles dictate courses of action and frameworks of rational beliefs supporting such action. But the presence of a stutter-step between inspiration and action opens up a unique opportunity for being touched by the other. That hesitation creates the location for the possibility of being influenced from the outside by those toward whom one is inspired to act. The stutter in the step of action gives pause for being affected by the marginal and victimized.

This domesticates hope. Such is often the clear-visioned, blueprinted domestication of hope, in which bringing about future perfection becomes a site of current violence because we might see its arrival by means of a blueprint that enacts our own all-too-clear visions. So, to categorize inspiration as coming from a time unforeseeable is to keep it safe from such domestication, from domestic violence. 0005 Calling and Inspiration  Avoiding domestication means acknowledging a gap, a delay, a stutter, a hesitation to action.

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