chapter  9
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Beyond nostalgia

WithNicole Mockler, Susan Groundwater-Smith

In this chapter we seek to reclaim a more liberal and liberated interpretation of the language of ‘improvement and reform’. We are mindful that much of the current language impoverishes deeper and more profound discussions regarding the purposes and practices of schooling, but we are also concerned to avoid falling into the trap of nostalgia wherein past routines and conventions were without blemish. We take a stance that now it is timely to ‘push back’ and propose a more well-informed and virtuous articulation of practice. To this end we applaud the notion of the activist, research informed professional who exhibits respectfulness, steadfastness, grace, courage, generosity, gratitude and a concern for social justice, all of which we suggest are key virtues to be exercised in a world that is volatile and rapidly changing.