All Things Considered, no really ALL

The final paper in EDU6120 is due in 17 days.  Let’s review all that we have learned and read together and look for some common themes.

Week Author Key Themes
1 Lecture  
1 Ellis, “Teaching Decision Schumacher, E. F. () Small is beautiful.
The task of education would be first and foremost the transmission of ideas of value, of what to do with our lives.”

Why teach? 
Who teaches?

1 Whitehead, “Aims” We enunciate two educational commandments, “Do not teach too many subjects,” and again, “What you teach, teach thoroughly”.

Discovery has powerful role in education.

1 Lewis, “Tao” Certain common laws and duties have existed or developed in many separate world cultures.
1 RDS, “Sharing Fire” Storytellers and tribal elders have taught:
1. Pervasive spirituality
2. Environmental knowledge
3. Language and moral literature
4. Ceremony and celebration
5. Artistic expression
6. Cyclical time
7. Balanced innovation
1 Ellis & RDS, “Reflective Self-Assessment” Georghiades:  “metacognitive reflection involves the critical revisiting of the learning process”

Even the best activity, the most challenging lesson, will fall short of the mark if we do not give learners opportunities to personalize and capture what they learned.

2 Lecture  
2 Ellis, “Schooling and Education” the phrase “to get an education” is very different from the phrase “to go to school”

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2 Plato, ”Breaking Chains” “Whereas our argument shows that the power and capacity of learning exists in the soul already; and that just as the eye was unable to turn from darkness to light without the whole body, so too the instrument of knowledge can only by the movement of the whole soul be turned from the world of becoming into that of being, and learn by degrees to endure the sight of being, and of brightest and best of being, or in other words, of the good.”
2 Aristotle, “Ethics”  
3 Lecture  
3 Ellis, “Nature of Profession” A survey of the teaching profession today:  types of experiences, job availability, salaries, types of schools, public opinion, legal issues, contracts,  professional associations, tenure, etc.
3 Solomon, Proverbs Solomon writes as a father to his son.  His advice is to do righteousness, justice, mercy, to love wisdom and to respect the Lord God.  He describes that as a life worth living.  In Ecclesiastes, he reminds the reader that existence is temporal, and even the noblest of pursuits does not mean that one will escape the final reckoning of God.
3 Jesus, Sermon on the Mount Jesus commends certain virtues in the Beatitudes that have challenged readers for centuries.  His words are revolutionary, but he upholds the spirit of the traditions as well as the letter (jot/tittle)  He proclaims a more excellent way that is counter-intuitive to the extreme, because that is what divine offspring do.
4 Lecture  
4 Ellis, “Educational Reform”  
4 Plutarch, “Education of Children” See Learning Illustrated- Plutarch
Reason, Learning and Nature must be balanced in successful education.  But, study of philosophy is best, especially when combined with politics.  Do not be harsh with children, but mix rebuke with praise.
4 Quintillion, “Institutes”  
5 Lecture  
5 Ellis, Philosophical Perspectives  
5 Luther, “Christian Schools”  
5 Comenius, “Great Didactic”  
6 Lecture  
6 Ellis, “Educational Challenges”  
6 Rousseau, “Emile”  
6 Herbart, “Aim of Instruction”  
7 Lecture RDS cancelled class on Mon 11/8/2010
7 Ellis, “Multicultural Education  
7 Mann, “On Education”  
7 B.T. Washington, “Atlanta Address” “There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.  If anywhere there are efforts tending to curtail the fullest growth of the Negro, let these efforts be turned into stimulating, encouraging, and making him the most useful and intelligent citizen.  Effort or means so invested will pay a thousand percent interest.  These efforts will be twice blessed—“blessing him that gives and him that takes.”

NOTE:  Washington was later criticized by some for his more moderate approach to reconciliation between the races.  W. E. B. DuBois later started calling this speech the “Atlanta Compromise”.

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