Stealth Pedagogy: the lessons of vomit, deception, and choosing children over friends

2009

by Darren O'Donnell

from The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
A short essay about who learns what when working with children, written by Darren O'Donnell for The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Eleven-year-old Edwin sits next to me in the van on the way to see Hiroaki Umeda's while going to a condition + Accumulate Layout. Surrounding us, a bunch of girls, their faces illuminated by a variety of ipods and phones, sing songs from the current hits radio repertoire: Hot and Cold, Poker Face, Singles Ladies etc. I focus my camera on Edwin and begin a series of general questions to introduce him to our blog audience. He mentions he has no favorite colour, but a favorite shade: white and, moments later, he tells me he's Christian and that the church feels, to him, like a safe place.
Later, off camera, he offers up the classic question: "Are we almost there?" I flip on the device and ask him to repeat the question with the same feeling and intention. He easily pulls this off. A little later, the question comes again and I shoot again.
Moments later, Edwin reports that he thinks he's going to be sick. We're almost at the theatre and I'm not sure how seriously I should take this threat. "Are you sure?" "I think so," he says. I ask Alfred to pull over, but before we stop, Edwin begins spewing a torrent of half-digested macaroni and cheese.

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