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Paradis Publications applies
the theory of the late Joe Lyons Kincheloe, who is sure to go down in history as the greatest education theorist of the
In loving memory
of Joe Lyons Kincheloe
(December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the globe and describes
a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left us a map with multiple pathways
for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned, creative, and even magical
education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His work serves as a guiding light
for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational process,
but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and empower
us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students. And his
students loved him.
For more information about Joe Kincheloe's educational work, visit our research site: www.joe.kincheloe.us
Vanessa Jae Paradis
I am an
independent researcher specializing in the application of the late Joe Kincheloe’s new empirical phenomenological
research processes, critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage with
a focus on the study of consciousness.
As an author who is breaking paradigms
for research, writing, publishing, learning, teaching, education, psychology, and the sciences, I am working toward changing
things most educators seem to have been unable or unwilling to change—on the ground and at the front lines.
Having lived in poverty my entire life, my mission is to continue to work toward changes
that lead to social justice and equal educational opportunities for all. Encompassing that mission is the task of exposing
the growing number of ways those who hold power continue to keep those who are already in poverty forever entrenched in poverty
through policies and promises that are deceptive. Pretending that there are paths to a better life, such as through expensive
student loan-financed corporatized education entrenches those who can least afford it deeper in debt, reducing their
chances for not only their own future, but also their children’s futures and on down the line. Instead of providing
hope, far too often, dreams and hope become permanently extinguished.
Wishing to disassociate
myself from the university I had been attending for my doctorate due to their unjust treatment of “nontraditional students,”
their low standards and their political, military, and economic alliances, I abandoned my quest for the PhD
“piece of paper” despite having completed all of the requirements with a 4.0 grade point average, a 649 page dissertation that had been approved to the highest level (but apparently not
at the elite level), and exceeding expectations for not only one specialization--but two. Thus, I specialize in
both higher education with a focus on science research and instructional design for online learning. I also
hold a Masters degree from Oregon State University in Education Technology and have completed undergraduate work in art,
engineering technology, psychology, and environmental sciences.
The moral of
this story is that it is clear that those of us who are disadvantaged and disempowered by the system cannot expect formal
public education to provide an education that will break glass ceilings or lead to a better life. We must seek beyond the
curriculum (and beyond the curtain) and take actions that will hopefully pave the way for future generations. Update for 2024:
I advocate for the complete demolishing of the Department of Education. It is so corrupt that there is no possibility of repairing
it to serve the people. The decisions for education must be made individually and locally at the community and state levels.
If the COVID debacle has taught people anything, it should be that it is obvious by now that the power brokers have no interest
whatsoever in ensuring a good education for children. Follow the money.
I owe my deepest
and most heartfelt gratitude—and my eternal love—to Joe Lyons Kincheloe for leading the way.
creative use of innovative bricolage research processes, we can all discover better ways to learn and live--for ourselves.
The elite few can no longer dominate or hold all of the keys to success and dictate what constitutes our education in ways
that force us to serve them. And with the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, there will be “No
More Secrets; No More Lies.”
Once and for all, bricolage as a research and learning process can begin to level the playing field. Everyone can learn it--outside of formal
education. Joe predicted it would lead to a Perpetual Revolution. It's already beginning. Join the Revolution today, take back power over your own life and contribute toward a better
Articles, Books, and Dissertations (Free Access)
Ongoing Research and Publications
- Our ongoing educational research into qualitative research and
- Getting Beyond the Facts on Page 666 of Joe Kincheloe's Social Studies
Book (Paradis, forthcoming)
- Vanessa's 2008 Long Lost Blogs and Conversations with Joe Kincheloe, with Commentary
and Analyses (Paradis, forthcoming)
- Writing Blog MyStories as an Effective Process for
Consciousness Expansion: An Analysis of A Spiritual Journey (Paradis, forthcoming)
- Empirical and phenomenological
investigations of consciousness
- An Analysis of Kincheloe's References
to "Dangerous Knowledge" and "Dangerous Memories" and "Feminizing the
- Spell Breakers
Critical Bricolage for Everyday Life (forthcoming)
Doing Critical Bricolage to Improve Your Learning, Writing, and Remembering (forthcoming)
Eros and Psyche of the 21st Century "Introduction to the Series" (forthcoming)
Eros and Psyche of the 21st Century Code Blue Earth Mission (Installment #1) "Blessed are the Meek" (forthcoming)
- Quick-Start Guide to the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage: The Next Level (forthcoming)
Guide to the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage: Teacher's Edition (forthcoming)
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