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Created: January 31, 2002
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Journal entry by Rebecca McLaughlin

Copyright: Jeanne Curran, Susan R. Takata, Rebecca McLaughlin, and Individaul Authors, January 2002.
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On Wednesday, January 30, 2002, jeanne wrote to the Dear Habermas project group:

To: Dear Habermas moot court project group
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 3:03 PM
Subject: Practical web search
This morning I put up in answer to a request. I showed how to do a web search. And I also covered different levels of expertise. Try to run through the links on the site and get a sense of what you find when you do a web search. I'll incorporate this into advocacy soon. And I'll put up the lecture and some exercises on the weekly readings.

love and peace, jeanne

On Thursday, January 31, 2002, Rebecca McLaughlin (Mac) wrote:

just a thought on top of the incredible resources you gave the student for juv del. ...Susan once told me that I can, "conclude". And if that weren't such a novel thought for me in the first place (my first experience outside the arena of structural violence), but then she said, "my 'opinions' are called 'theory' - what a concept that was for me! I still can't absorb it entirely (affect). point...all of the information in the world for the student is one thing, but for her to know that she can conclude a theory with good research, might answer some of her questions? Just a thought... she probably already knows this since you're her teacher. LOL

On Thursday, January 31, 2002, jeanne responded:

No, Mac, she wasn't my student. She wasn't Susan's student. I don't have any idea who she is. She's a student in our world community of students. That matters, doesn't it. Your response will add to that learning. Now all I have to figure out is how to index it so we can all find it.

This is what we're trying to show with the Dear Habermas/moot court project: that by asking and answering our questions in a public forum accessible to other students, we create a legitimate space for student questions, student wonderings, student eurekas, and student/teacher interaction. I would never have thought of telling you that your opinions count. I made the wicked little unstated assumption that you knew that. But Susan told you. And I hope that Prunella Fong now knows it. Susan and I would never have published that thought as an article. But students knew that it was an important thought. Our learning together is an integral part of the learning process. Dear Habermas and moot court provide a legitimate forum for the publication of that process, so that all can benefit from it.

Now, why don't some of you write to the Australian conference people on Building Inclusive School Communities? It seems to me that the publication of this process should be an important part of building inclusive education communities.