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CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH MAXINE GREENE: REFLECTIONS ENGENDERED BY HER LIFE AND WORK

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A few years ago, the two of us attended a Maxine Greene lecture at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She told an inspiring story about an articulate teenager from the Bronx critiquing the ups and downs of respect, status, and the coming of age and rage in the metropolis. The teenager's words, she said, reminded her of Walt Whitman, and she read two lines from his Leaves of Grass to make her point. We had with us a copy of her wonderful first book, The Public School and the Private Vision (1965), an intellectual history of American dreams and wishes for education in a democracy. We quickly looked up the Whitman section, and there were the same lines from the poet on life in the "en masse":

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