The Power of Choice

Before there was an “Introduction to Dialogue Education” course or even an “Introduction to Popular Education” course, I sat in amazement watching Jane and her sister, Joan Vella. They were leading a strategic planning session for Literacy Volunteers of America, New York State. I was split, one part of me a-buzz, like the room, with engagement and the other studying every move and word as these capable women facilitated the meaningful process. At one point I had to admit to the two other people sitting at our small round table that I was distracted. “I want that!” I may have said aloud, pointing.

This was the beginning of a new way of seeing my work and the world. I began in that moment to learn what being ‘a subject of my learning’ really meant; and the learning continues.

Darlene Goetzman

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