Choosing Silence for Equality in and through Schooling

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Lees, Helen E. (2016)

This article considers silences and equality as combined from a theoretical perspective. Equality in and through chosen, deliberate and regular silence experience is seen as an equaliser: if no one is speaking no one can dominate. The article uses a bifurcated concept of silence: weak, negative forms and strong, positive forms. Only the strong forms are seen here as conducive to equality. Their opposite – a silencing – is seen as the creator of inequality. The argument suggests in order to tackle inequality in neo-liberal education a radical, cost-free, non-partisan solution of silence experience is available.\ud "The only way to fight a hegemonic discourse is to teach ourselves and others alternative ways of seeing the world." (Brodkey, 1996, p. 113)
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