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Walking on Water Reading Writing and Revolution From Publishers Weekly Writing teacher Jensen doesnt believe in the traditional grading system which he calls a cudgel to bludgeon the unwilling into doing what they dont want to do so he opts instead to give his students at Eastern Washington University check marks one check mark for turning in a piece of writing four for editing that writing into perfection. For this opinionated offering on writing teaching and the state of the world 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. Drawing on his personal experience he castigates what he sees as formal educations lack of creativity and flexibility for personal style. Jensens strength lies in his honest provocative passionate approach. The rawness of his ideas is this books virtue but its also its vice. When Jensen makes seemingly random forays into commentary on the demise of the environment or political consciousness subjects he explored in earlier books like The Culture of Make Believe his writing becomes long-winded and unfocused. He loses sight of his own seventh rule of writing which he so dramatically relays to his students clarity. But more importantly Jensens first second third and fourth rules of writing are Dont bore the reader. In that effort he succeeds masterfully. Copyright Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more Review 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. Jensens 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 Camerons The Artists 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. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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