Foreword by Audrey WattersFor at least a century now, we’ve been told stories that machines are poised to “revolutionize” education.
The rationale for this revolution has remained largely unchanged: machines will make education more efficient … Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel teach towards a different future – one in which dignity is prioritized over efficiency, one in which agency and freedom are prioritized over compliance and control … As the title of this collection of writing makes clear, in the face of stories insisting the future will be automated – that is, in the face of the urgency of machines – Morris and Stommel want us to agitate instead for An Urgency of Teachers. In positing pedagogy – critical pedagogy specifically – as a lever for change, they ask us to join them in resisting the stories that machines have wants and needs and that their logic dictates the shape of the future. Instead they urge us to center care and justice in our practices – to center humans – knowing that this will require a radical re-ordering of the priorities of our institutions and ideologies as well.
It is urgent that we have teachers
The ideas of this volume span almost two decades of pedagogical thinking, practice, outreach, community development, and activism.
Sean Michael Morris
Sean is Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab at University of Mary Washington. He has worked in digital teaching and learning since 2000. His work in the fields of critical digital pedagogy and critical instructional design is founded in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, and finds contemporary analogues in the work of Maxine Greene, Henry Giroux, and bell hooks. He is committed to engaging educators in critical inspection of digital technologies and to turning a social justice lens upon education.
Jesse is Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy. He is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses in higher education pedagogy, film, and digital studies. He has been an educator since 1999, and his research focuses on critical digital pedagogy and innovative assessment. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, two clever cats, Loki and Odin, and a badass daughter, Hazel.