Silhouettes of knowing as “Potemkin knowledges”

In a 2007 article,* I discussed how our prevailing approach to education results in the production of mere silhouettes in place of genuine knowing and understanding.

Rhetorically, there might be some good occasion for referring to such things as “Potemkin knowledges,” analogous to the old “Potemkin Villages.”

This fragmentary thought is hardly worthy of a blog post; but I’m posting it anyway, partly in my initial experimentation with using Facebook and twitter in connection with this blog.


*Whitson, James Anthony. “Education à la Silhouette: The need for semiotically-informed curriculum consciousness.” Semiotica 164, no. 1/4 (2007): 235-329.


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