Exploring What is Possible in a Classroom with Mathematics and Children
Chapter 9. Responsibility to Recover
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RESPONSIBILITY TO RECOVER
You Can’t Get There from Here: Returning Home
When I speak with visitors to the place that is now my home, they will sometimes feign gentle frustration at the good-natured response they might get from a local citizen when asking for directions to a place of interest.
“You want to go where? Oh. [Pause.] Well, [pause] you can’t get there from here.” Almost immediately after hearing this, the puzzled tourist is given detailed directions to get to the place in question, but the directions necessitate that the tourists go somewhere else first, before getting to their destination. They must journey elsewhere, and possibly to a place they had not desired to go, before being able to arrive at their target.
The phrase ‘You can’t get there from here’ reminds me also of the writing of a hermeneutic inquiry. During the writing of one of my earlier chapters, I had at one point naïvely considered jumping ahead to the end, to say what I thought I was figuring out as a way of guiding my work to that destination. Perhaps this temporary way of thinking was my solution to having a response when people unfamiliar with hermeneutic research would ask about my research findings. I did not jump to the end, however, because I was unable to do so. ‘I could not get there from where I was.’ I realize that to do...
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