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The great Scott Leslie recently tweeted about the dissatisfaction with the EDUPUNK debates happening on the bava, and a part of me deeply agrees with him. Perhaps I am getting sucked in again despite my sense of this whole concept as a generative metaphor for creativity. Perhaps the comment debate is becoming more of a grad school throw down than a deep reflection and understanding on how this idea might help us forge alternatives. I guess it is in the very logic of a charged idea and debate around questions of the future of education, leadership, and networks that are premised on people, not technologies, that this whole thing can get confused and entangled. I, for one, recognize that my strident calls against leadership and institutional hierarchy might inevitably begin to frustrate some and alienate others. And for this I am sorry, I just don’t know how else to say it. I’m frustrated and tired, and I want more than anything to be face-to-face with the people whom I follow and respect throughout the internet. I want to commune with them, talk with them, and reassure them that we have something more at stake than an argument or a disagreement, we have a future of thinking and acting together.
And if EDUPUNK precludes that future, then I will gladly walk away from it because it’s the people I respect and admire most who make this space different for me—less academic and more intimate and transcendent. I’m willing to embrace eduLURV because I don’t want to become a posterboy for choosing sides and being righteously right or officiously wrong. We have too much of that in our world. I want a third space, a new way of coming together that will not feel so fraught with the old clothes of feeling accomplished by besting another. I’m through being cool, I want much more, and I want it now—and no term or idea or concept or meme or ideology or prompt is worth endangering a movement that must necessarily consist of people who don’t agree and have strong opinions about what’s next and how we get there. Scott, I’m all about the eduLURV, and I want it to be a love supreme, strong enough to buoy tired souls and raze institutions in a single bound, brilliant enough to re-imagine education in a way we could only dream of in our philosophy.