Hey Keith, as I emphasize near the end of the post (and as I have said many times before and in many places), I cannot live without you guys at rhizo14… I am both blessed and privileged. i agree that our online closeness means we have our own shared rhizo language that others in our f2f contexts may not share, and it is both a beautiful thing (to have this online community for those ideas and be able to communicate with them relatively easily) and an issue (we are different people because of it, working within more traditional systems, having difficulty communicating these experiences that others have not shared and probably cannot understand without close observation, if not experiencing themselves – or can they?)
I do think, though, that the Anglocentrism is not just the language, but also the context. It just so happens that my university is an American liberal arts institution (where I did my undergrad and where I am now working) and that I did grad studies in the UK, and have lived in US/UK so I understand most of the contextual issues related to education that are discussed. Many of them apply to me. But most do not apply to the public schools and universities here in Egypt that have bigger issues. (Side note: others are Anglo in rhizo14 but wanted to discuss issues that others did not and so they did not get a chance; there are all sorts of privilege and power going around). I go back to your “BYOC” (bring your own context) idea. I love that. I do it with my students all the time, and just yesterday uncovered some of the difficulties they have in applying what we learn in class to their own teaching (each semester, the reasons are different because the students are different, and i modify my courses accordingly).
Anyway, would love to continue the conversation. I know you and Clarissa and many others are interested in power and so am I.