Learning, unlearning. The two go
so well together. Like coffee and
cream. Rice and curry. Or broken
teeth on blood curdle. The last image is a
way of invoking the ?violence? of learning/
unlearning, which is all too often either
overlooked or covered over by sunshiny
images we attach to learning/unlearning. No
doubt, learning/unlearning is good for us in
the same way that vitamins are good for us
too. What is missing in the former scenario,
however, is the ?violence? dimension of what
it really means to learn/unlearn.
We tend to forget that learning/unlearning
is never a detached activity. Real learning/unlearning is always inextricably tied to our sense of ourselves and the world
around us. We repeatedly create, destroy and recreate who we are inside as we learn/
unlearn, so much so that we are in a sense what we learn/unlearn in emotionally,
cognitively and spiritually complex ways.
This issue is all about learning/unlearning ? the challenges, the rewards, the
resistance, the difficulties, the blood, sweat and tears. All these apply not only to
our learners but also, perhaps more so, to us as educators. The Editorial Team has
certainly benefited from revisiting learning/unlearning while preparing this issue
and we hope you will too.