While I was very interested to learn that Pradl and Mayher actually produced the dialogue for “Chat Room Musing” in a chat room (a great example of how technology can be utilized!), I also find the content very important and progressive. Since I found it so interesting, while I was reading it I was constantly underlining ideas and opinions that they had, thinking to myself “Yes, this is to true!” Did anyone else feel the same? I really got interested in this piece on the second page of the interview when Pradl was describing the reading of texts in English classes as an isolated activity. Although they mostly refer to this philosophy as something of the past, I think it is still all too common in our classrooms. It wasn’t until my college classes that I was encouraged or even expected to connect my literary texts to the outside world, current events, or other subject areas, and this is a huge reason I struggled in my first year of college. Since I had never been expected to do these things, I didn’t really know how. Further, I am disturbed at the idea of having “a correct reading”, and for me, this idea ties directly into much of what Kozol and others critically write about the education system creating robots out of students, who conform rather than question or think about content (Pradl & Mayher, 12). As Pradl and Mayher discuss, students should be far from robotic, and allowed and encouraged to argue and challenge content during the learning process. They should also be teachers, informing others of their interpretations, knowledge and opinions, and to “think about the big picture” in relation to their course material (13). There is nothing robotic about this type of learning. I also loved the quote “Testing, testing everywhere, it seems, but not a thought to think”, which is a play on words from the famous Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Coleridge, which states, “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”, because this statement is so true (16). As Jerry and I were discussing in class last week, the primary focus of education is typically the outcome, with total disregard on the experience and the “input”, and in my opinion, this is a huge disservice to students (18). What life lessons are we teaching them, if what they come to value most in life is measured by outcome? I found a statement by Pradl to be the most important passage in this text. On page 21, he writes “All veteran teachers know that they have had to keep leaning in order to survive. We have to keep learning because the demands of the classroom keep changing; we have to keep learning because the culture keeps changing; we have to keep learning because the student keeps changing; and we have to keep learning because the more we know, the more we understand how much more we need to learn” (21). I thought this was particularly insightful and a model attitude that teachers should embrace. I am interested to see how everyone else responded to this text.