Sunday, April 23, 2006

Blog 7 – The Concept of the Classroom and Education

In A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle, Blajeny, the Teacher for Meg, Calvin, Charles Wallace, Proginoskes, and Sporos, on a mission to cure Charles Wallace of his illness, presents a progressive form of classroom. As Blajeny explains, “‘My children,’ Blajeny said gravely, ‘my school building is the entire cosmos. Before your time with me is over, I may have to take you great distances, and to very strange places’” (L’Engle 62). This set-up perpetuates the notion that education and learning must and do take place everywhere and always. The theme of education is alive and well in the series, particularly highlighted by the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Murry are scientist who encourage their children to continue learning, whether at home, or with each other. Blajeny’s classroom serves this aim of constant education. For the Murry family, as well as Calvin O’Keefe, education frees them from their ails, whether emotionally or physically. In A Wrinkle in Time, education and practicing the knowledge gleaned, brought Mr. Murry home and away from the evil that was seducing him. In A Wing in the Door, education and the practice of problem-solving could bring Charles Wallace out of his deadly illness. (I cannot say for sure whether he gets saved because I am only just beginning chapter eight but based on my predictions, this will occur.)


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