- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Plain View Press (October 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935514857
- ISBN-13: 978-1935514855
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Lessons from the Borderlands Paperback – October 2, 2013
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While reading the various essays in <i>Lessons from the Borderlands</i>, I found myself thinking how I and others that I work with at the university perceive the discipline of teaching. I also thought about how administrators believe education should be delivered to students. Is education a product/service? Are students simply consumers of this product/service? What is academia's contribution to making society, as a whole, better off? Does a product/service approach to education lead to better individuals, or simply more employable individuals given the "flavor of the month" job skills that are currently required? How adaptable are we making students through our delivery of education, or are we making students more rigid and unable to move with change?
I found out long ago that students of lower social class are not unintelligent rubes out of place in the world of higher education, something that I think many folks in the general population truly believe. Quite the contrary...these students provide texture classroom conversations because of hardships they have experienced. Their value structure is different.
<i>Lessons from the Borderlands</i> will make you examine your own beliefs about social class, whether or not you are involved in education. Husted's writing is lucid and personal. A good read.
In drawing upon her life from birth in Orofino, ID, in 1945 to about sixty-five years later in north-central Oregon, Ms. Husted leads the reader along a path that intersects, meanders, but never is out of sight of the two key words in her book's title: lessons and borderlands. The lessons center on class, materialism, and the value of humanities in education for living. These three themes emerge and are revealed in much the same way archaeologists work: one layer at a time but each taking us a bit deeper toward a fuller understanding. An American Indian sense of spiritual infuses this book, by which I mean that life is not a problem to be solved (such attempts give rise to self-help books and false promises by religious fanatics) but rather living becomes encountering a series of possibilities within what is fundamentally the mystery of existence.
I found particularly interesting the notion of 'borderlands.' I live in a southwestern state that has long been considered a borderland because it shares a boundary with Mexico (and I always add Texas, too). But Ms. Husted is from the Pacific Northwest—specifically Idaho, Washington, and Oregon—and Canada is not the borderlands she references. Rather it is state-of-mind as well as a fact-of-life, and as a first-rate instructor Ms. Husted leaves us with hints about the true nature of borderlands while allowing us to probe its qualities, which manifest as both transitional and transformative—if we allow them to be. What is etched on us in childhood—on our minds, ideas, and personalities—are carried into adulthood, although along life's journey we discard some of what we label as 'unnecessary baggage.' The parsing of borderlands as internal to each of us brings to the fore the three lessons and our own choice of how these might limit or liberate us.
This book and its author will engage you, catch you by surprise in the deftness and mastery of prose, and leave you with much to examine in your life. Both heart and truth are plumbed in Ms. Husted's book.