Jack · DNS 2019
Heyy, my name is Jack, I’m from Portsmouth in the UK
My two main passions are music and politics. I play drums and guitar. When I lived in London I was often going to see live music, I love jamming with friends and have written a few of my own songs.
My absolute passion is the combination of music and politics. Artforms and culture have been one of the biggest pushes for political change, especially in the last century. I love hearing and learning about the different musical genres (and other art forms) that were a product of, or influenced by, oppression and political injustices e.g. disco, hip-hop, jazz, punk, blues. What fascinates me the most is hearing how modern music is influenced by these genres and many of them keep the legacy of being a voice for oppressed groups.
Dropping out from university to travel
I also love to travel, I love learning about other cultures, seeing vastly different landscapes, eating different food and most of all meeting new people completely different from myself.
Before DNS, I made two attempts at university in Leeds. Initially in Physics and then in Politics, but it soon became apparent that the syllabuses, and this way of learning, was not for me. During this time, I did a lot of travelling in my holidays. I went to East Asia, Latin America, as well as Morocco and many European countries.
After dropping out of University, I had the opportunity of working as a chef in an upmarket hotel in central London. This was an incredible, eye-opening experience in which I learnt a lot about food and the hospitality industry, but I found the kitchen culture far too intense and harsh to consider a long-time career in the kitchen, that’s when I decided to join DNS.
I chose DNS because it will allow me to learn more about a wide range of things including culture and politics from a first-hand perspective rather than just from books and lectures. It will also teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become an effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.
In the future, I want to work for, or create, an education-based NGO or campaign, heavily focussed on culture and art, one that educates the public on essential issues like climate change, the effects of capitalism etc and then hopefully through this education it will be possible to mobilise people into pressuring those in power to change.
“I love learning about other cultures, seeing vastly different landscapes, eating different food and most of all meeting new people completely different from myself.”~ Jack
More Humans of DNS
I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.
I have decided to join DNS for many reasons – one being that after my many adventures I have come to realise how important education is and that it plays a key role in societal change.
Theresa Link graduated from DNS in 2012. She has worked as a social educator and teacher in Denmark and Germany. Music and performance art are some of her passions.
My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.
“Education must empower us to lead our own life, develop social connections, lift people up and bring them together. It must minimize the chances of being manipulated or becoming actors in someone else’s play.”
I see DNS Teacher Training as a lifestyle which will challenge the concept of education in the world and help people like me to transform and find the unique kind of teacher within. Either we rebel or we don’t.