The Ethics of Care
Edited By Jeanne Adèle Kentel
Lindsay Fitzclarence The Globalization of Violence:Towards an Education of Care and Responsibility 211
Lindsay Fitzclarence The Globalization of Violence: Towards an Education of Care and Responsibility1 Introduction It’s early February, the month when Australians start a new school year. The year is 1970 and the setting is a regional secondary school in the middle of a working class industrial area. I am attending as a trainee physical educa- tion teacher in the final phase of a university programme. After a little over a week, the daily routines of work already appear to be well established. Most of the administrative attention is being directed towards newcomers: students and staf f. Posted bulletins, daily updates for staf f, and regular announcements to students provide information about rules, regulations, and expectations. In the staf f room, senior teachers induct young and new teachers into the rhythms of long established work practices. As a short term visitor I am given the chance to watch these dif ferent processes of ‘normalization’ take place. At recess and lunch breaks I am an outsider in the staf froom. During these times of social chit chat, banter between dif ferent academic groups, and the occasional announcement by senior administration, I am happy to sit quietly towards the back of the room and watch, listen, and occasionally join in. Such is the life of a student teacher during a practicum, especially at this time of yearly transition. In retrospect, it makes sense that I should have been the one to hear the knock at the staf f room door. 1 With thanks...
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