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Makes use of psychoanalytic theories of studying to discover modern matters in schooling.

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It was as though adults had somehow outgrown the nature of their being in terms of learning; the analysts’ preoccupation with the child’s capacity to be addressed by education was a defense against acknowledging, in their own learning, a failure of influence. Education for adults was reduced to a certain loyalty toward carrying forward a school of thought. There was plenty of discussion over the nature of the analytic relation, the goals, timing, and activities in child analysis, and the nature of psychoanalytic knowledge.

While Auschwitz can scarcely be compared to the events at Columbine, my juxtaposition of what knowledge of Columbine can mean for education with Adorno’s demand for education to learn from its history recalls the breach that was first discussed when educators and others began to consider the ravages of World War II. What meaning can this devastating history offer to an DIFFICULT EDUCATION 31 understanding of our present? Where does the urge for reparation begin? We must ask that education take on all modes of inexplicability and still, somehow, allow for those who come after, the potential space: to think through their own affectation made from social breakdown, profound hatred, and woeful disregard in relation to the affectations of others no longer present.

The hopeful trajectory that Klein sets for thought, her sense of promise and obligation, begins in anxiety and splitting, progresses to envy, and then to gratitude, and the urge for reparation. Then there can be an acceptance of mourning. For Klein and Bion, thinking is just another word for symbolizing and working through crisis. Perhaps the same trajectory can be said for what becomes of our education, provided that we can tolerate a frustration that is also education. 28 AFTER-EDUCATION We have almost come full circle, seeing the fact of natality from the perspectives of baby, parent, and then theorists.

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