Silences in Teaching

Les voix du silence dans l’académie


Patricia Peters

 

But how to shape

silence

into a

voice?

                  It is more a matter of listening

                          than an acquisition

                          of the elusive word;

listening to

silence on silence’s terms.

 

      This listening to

silence

 

is harder than listening to

words.


Is silence

     forgetfulness or withheld remembrance?

If language

  is expression perhaps

silence can be repression.

   Fear can express itself in

silence, in a failure to ask questions,

    to give answers.

Silence

    is risk;

speech

    is risk.

And either can be evasive.