Harwood, Valerie, 2010, Political acts? toward the recuperation of opinion, Educational Theory, 60(1), 117-128.
Encouraging debate on inclusion and equity can meet with awkward silences, particularly across disciplinary boundaries. In disability studies, for example, it can be difficult to build dialogue with other disciplines; as a consequence, the different disciplinary groups within the field of education often end up working in their own ‘‘equity’’ silos. In this essay Valerie Harwood addresses this concern by drawing on Hannah Arendt’s emphasis on the importance of opinion together with Michel Foucault’s work on truth-telling and critique. Following Arendt’s emphasis on opinion and the political, Harwood makes the case that political acts in education require that we recuperate the importance of opinion and to take account of how truth functions in our contemporary context.