Friday, October 29, 2010

Twitter Book Club: Alfred North Whitehead (1917-1929) The Aims of Education - Chapter 5

The Place of Classics in Education

"Language is the incarnation of the mentality of the race which fashioned it." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator

This sounds a lot like Neil Postman's proposal to teach diversity through having students explore the entomology of words.

"Moral education is impossible apart from the habitual vision of greatness. If we are not great, it does (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

This is an important point I don't think we pay enough attention to. Students need very much to feel that they are great, that they are special. Self-esteem is incredibly important for motivation to do good things.

"The life of man is founded on Technology, Science, Art, and Religion." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator

And, which of these do we address well in schools? Technology? I don't think so, at least not in most schools. Art? Not when it is always the first think on the budget cutting board. Religion? This one is out for fear of being accused of violating the establishment clause. Science? We do a little better with science but we could do a lot more.

"The history of mankind has yet to be set in its proper relation to the gathering momentum of technological advance." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"It is a great mistake to think that in the past the full sweep of a new invention has ever been (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

Who went back in time and gave Dr. Whitehead a copy of Disrupting Class? This is fantastic material and insight that is worth looking deeper at. What was it in the 1910s that led Whitehead to these conclusions/observations about society and technology? How are our times similar today?

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