Homecomings and Leavings

Alan Block


Though in my dreams I seek home, it turns out that the Desire to return home is actually a Desire to go out and seek that home. And because the nature of Desire is such that it is, by definition, unrealizable, and even unknown, then it must be that Desire sends me out into the world to establish its embodiment and grounds my life. My homecoming dreams are me, and these dreams represent the movement of my life: always a home leaving and yet always a home seeking. Get thee to a land I will show you, my dreams tell me. I go. In the classroom in the world, I create the souls I would take with me. In classrooms, we teachers might learn to lead our students out from home to find their home. We might help them dream of leave takings and homecomings; we might help them recognize and act upon their Desire.

Full Text:


JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the "reconceptualist" movement in curriculum theorizing and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is published by the Foundation for Curriculum Theory and is associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, held in the autumn of each year. JCT is indexed in The Education Index.

NOTICE: As of December 2008, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (Volume 24, Issue 1) and all future issues
are available freely and exclusively online to all individuals and institutions. More Information...

Contributors to the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing retain copyright to their work.

All other content: Copyright © Foundation for Curriculum Theory. All rights reserved.

ISSN: 1942-2563