The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Eleven: Relearning Inquiry, Unlearning Judgment: The Autobiography of a Curious Girl
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Relearning Inquiry, Unlearning Judgment
The Autobiography of a Curious Girl
Teacher Education University of New Mexico
I was raised driving back and forth between Taos, New Mexico, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 2.5-hour drive. Quite literally, from the time I was four until the time I was about 30, if I was living in New Mexico, I made the drive just about every other weekend, either from Taos to Albuquerque or vice versa. This back-and-forth also meant that I attended many different schools—three elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. I handled the transitions by keeping my nose in a book. Reading was my ultimate escape and comfort. On the one hand, my drives to Taos kept me connected to my grandmother—the matriarch of our family and someone who helped to raise me, especially when my parents’ paths made living with them untenable. On the other hand, I lost my sense of belonging to any one place. There was a constant sense of disequilibrium in my life.
Eventually, in high school, my sister, brother, and I all ended up living in Taos with my grandmother, and we spent less time driving back and forth. My grandmother was a loving, forceful, and private lady. She taught me the power of unconditional love and the power of a look. When I first started teaching, she helped me...
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