Friday, April 29, 2011

Q&A #11 Radical Perspectives on Educational Reform

Read: 1.

2.  (this is a great essay!)

3. Q: Is "critical" pedagogy, in contrast to critical thinking, a misguided form of educational indoctrination?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Q&A #10

Read: Pennock, "Should Creationism be Taught in the Public Schools?"

1. Q: What is your answer to the title of the paper?

2. Note: PTL will not meet this week (4/18 or 4/20).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Q&A #9

Read: SEP, "Philosophy for Children"

1. Q: Could PFC help to undermine Bowles' and Gintis' "correspondence principle"?

2. Write 2 questions of your own.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Q&A #8

Note: This is now the correct link!

1. Read: Excerpt from Bowles and Gintis, Schooling in Capitalist America:

2. Q: Is education for autonomous critical thinking rendered inconsequential by the "long shadow of work"?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Q&A #7 Internal/External Motivators for Learning

1. Reading: Drafts of chapters I and II, Bridges to Autonomy:

Chapter I:

Chapter II:

2. Question:  Consider Jules' provisional characterization of all learning as "things we can do, the acquisition of which involves some degree of volition" (chapter II).  What kind of teaching best promotes learning?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Q&A #6

1. Read: Garlikov on the use of tests in teaching (follow and read all links included in essay):

2. Q: Is grading students on the basis of test results immoral?

3. Write 2 Qs of your own.


Read Alfie Kohn's critical piece on grading in general (just posted to my blog).

Monday, February 28, 2011

Q&A #5

1. Here's a brief defense of one art form -- music -- as essential to the liberal arts:

2. Here's a more substantive treatment of complexity, creativity, improvisation, education, and the arts:*JK-gx2gnIIguKRV2znsqWDUakhBd25rDk58rh7h/MontuoriHumanRelations.pdf

3. Question: what are the potential benefits/challenges of an improvisational approach to learning and teaching (any topic, not simply music)?

4. Write 2 questions of your own.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Q&A #3

1. Read (a) Ernst von Glasersfeld, the founder of "radical constructivism," "Cognition, Construction of Knowledge, and Teaching":

(b) Dewey Dykstra, "Against Realist Instruction":

Optional reading:

a. Von Glasersfeld, "An Introduction to Radical Constructivism":

b. Donald Hatcher, "Should Anti-realists Teach Critical Thinking?":

c. Robert Sutton, "Realism and Other Philosophical Mantras":

d. Peter Slezak, "Radical Constructivism: Epistemology, Education, and Dynamite":

e. Michael Matthews, "Constructivism in Math and Science Education":

2. Question: Ought teachers to be "radical constructivists" (i.e., anti-realists) or "realists"?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Q&A #2

Democracy and Education

1. Read the following essay by Caroline Mwonga:

Reseach as necessary to supplement your understanding of the issues. Look for critiques/defenses of multiculturalism.  Here, for example, is one accessible essay on the nature, problems, and prospects of multiculural education:

2. Question: Does our liberal democratic heritage necessitate multiculural education?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Q&A #1

1. Read and research the concept of "critical thinking."  You might begin with articles from the Foundation for Critical Thinking (here).  Watch my blog for further recommendations.

2. Question: What is the relationship between critical thinking (however you are beginning to understand it) and education?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Reminder: review the Q&A Guidelines before producing your answer.