To get an idea of the themes you will be sounding and the range of what will be
To get an idea of the themes you will be sounding and the range of what will be considered education and philosophy, you will view a set of videos and listen to some music.
Your initial post will consist of two sections. Say a paragraph or two each. Text works, but so do concept maps, poetry, videos, song, etc. Introduce us to new links and suggest other readings..
Section 1: Respond to the following by relating the ideas to your own education:
Watch this talk by Ken Robinson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&t=9s
Listen to Nina Simone sing about the pace of change in education during the 1960s and extrapolate a verse (at least in your head, but would work as a post) about today’s world of education and our modern George Wallaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jI9I03q8E
Sample the greatest radio show, Bill McLaughlin on a musical view of education:
Don’t miss the classic illusion of the one room and ‘arithmetic and hickory sticks. How do you administer corporal punishment in remote learning? That’s right, get ready for the electrodes embedded in your brain’s pain centers, if not your ass, which science regards now as your second brain – you are what your intestinal flora and fauna determine.
Graduate with Tim Minchin: https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5RBG1PadWI
Think in the Box with Buck and Yoyo in box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9jghLeYufQ
Cry with Willard Wigan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHFs-r1TpMk
One way to examine the paradigms ruling education and society is to examine what you were not taught. The history lessons that were left out, the people that were left out (often your own people), the ideas that were not examined. This should raise the question as to what is the purpose of education. Is it to teach critical thinking as the colleges of education preach? Is it to make individuals well rounded humanists? Is it to even the playing field and allow social mobility? Or is it to stifle descent, create slaves for the modern industries, and to maintain the social status quo? Our goal is to see how the intellectual paradigms (cultural expressions of reigning philosophies, i.e. fads in thinking) determine the nature of the dogmas underpinning education systems, and thus serve to perpetuate the inequities of the status quo and undermine creativity, imagination, and critical thinking.
All schools, all colleges, have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten. . . . . . . . . Don’t let schooling interfere with your education. Mark Twain
Sample the following and choose one that challenges your ideas and respond in the second half of your initial post – encourage your classmates to view anything you find useful, especially to your discipline:
Shlain on Literacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QQuD62RxrU
Lockhart on Math: https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/pdf/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf
Lustig on Mind Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkUtrL6B18&t=570s
Sheldrake on Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO4p3xeTtUA
Roughgarden on Sexuality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ3lcCa0G4Y
Russell on Sex Ed: https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2020/07/02/bertrand-russell-sex-education/
Taylor on Words: https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en
Pollan on Humility: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/12/23/the-intelligent-plant
Chomsky on Omnicide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4FZFldaFbg – start at min. 10
Ravitch on Testing: https://dianeravitch.net/2021/01/03/the-new-york-times-should-add-a-
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