In “‘Throughness’: A Story About Songwriting as Auto/Ethnography,” David Carless writes:

From my early childhood onward, whether formal education or informal teaching, wasn’t it all about imposition? Why can’t I remember a sense of partnership, of being asked to do something in such a way that I wanted to do it?

(229) This resonates deeply with me. At first the carrot, then the stick, then apparently even carrot sticks. Much of my own education, too, had seemed like an imposition, and when not overtly impositional, education was accomplished through what I’m sure educators liked to think of as encouragement, but an encouragement that left us little choice in light of our other young desires.