The Letter of the Law/The Silence of Letters: Poetic Ruminations on Love and School

  • Carl Leggo


The administration of an elementary school in eastern Canada recently announced a rule banning all physical contact in the school. In order to prevent some students behaving in violent ways, such as hitting and pushing, all physical contact has been prohibited. The daily scene in that school probably looks like an episode of “The Twilight Zone”—600 children in a building designed for 400, creeping gingerly through the crowded hallways, timidly intent on not touching another person. In an effort to resolve the problem of pushing and shoving among a few students, the administrators of the school have legislated new problems. Above all, they have failed to acknowledge, to know, that school is a messy, tangled story that cannot be written with the letter of the law. And they have failed to acknowledge, to know, that the messy, tangled story of school is written in the silence of letters, the silent letters, always both present and absent.


Twilight Zone Lemon Balm Silent Letter Human Love Bell Hook 
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