Learning and Labor

  • William Vaughn Central Missouri State University


Consider this essay an alternative gateway.  In its historically informed version of the University of Illinois' motto, which expresses the intent of the school's founders, learning and labor are recognized for their inherent reciprocity.  They are understood to be the necessary elements of any education, whether it is the teaching that makes learning possible, the learning that makes research meaningful, or the sheer institutional support that gives learning and labor a place to be.  What follows is the story of our learning to be labor.
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