The second section of your wrap up response [referring to Barab, 28 Oct 98], I feel, was a bit more enlightening than the paper. I get the feeling you are trying to get us to consider the Idea that classroom, and school experience in general, should reflect the community as a whole. Not only in the skills needed to survive and prosper but to live as well. Therefore education in the classroom should be a mixture of social skills and knowledge skills. Is this too simplistic?? Again I was out of the office during the discussion and just skimmed the responses. I agreed with a lot of the adverse reaction to the preponderance of multisyllabic verbiage which tended to paralyze the synaptic response and enhance the atrophy of conscience cortex function. I do think that many of your core Ideas need to be looked at, studied, and acted on. I will need to read it a little more carefully though.