Teaching with Great Writers in Mind: Rilke, Palmer, and the Grace of Great Things

As educators and thoughtful human beings, we really should be subject-centered and thereby more relationally-minded in our teaching, living, and pursuit of long-term flourishing. That sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true and helpful. Under the influence of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Parker Palmer explains in The Courage to Teach that subject-centered teaching is the best way to approach teaching and learning. Rilke and Palmer are just a few of the many thoughtful writers who compel me to assert that good subject-centered knowledge rightly guides better relationships.

Addendum #14: Reformation Day Connections with Hamlet, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

Some students find it interesting to consider how the Protestant Reformation and its context can connect to science fiction and fantasy. With the second season of The Mandalorian starting on October 30th, I thought it would be a good time to excerpt a bit of historical theorizing from a previous post from not so long ago or so far away…

Who’s Afraid of Talking about Political Rhetoric in High School?

I thought the 2016 presidential debates were embarrassing! After last week’s presidential debate, one of my junior students told her mom that we have much better debates in our classes. Nevertheless, there still are many pockets of excellence and signs that we can do better. Samuel J. Adams of The Dispatch points to data suggesting “that mostContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of Talking about Political Rhetoric in High School?”

Tentatively Wrapping-up Rational Knowing: Humble and Cautious Reasoning Recommended (Who’s Afraid of Epistemology Cont’d)

In this short post, I bring a tentative conclusion to my segments on rational ways of knowing: Many of our best uses of reasoning recognize the limits of our reason.

How a Motorcycle-Fixing Philosopher Can Help Educators Start to Rethink and Repair Modern Knowledge Problems (Who’s Afraid of Epistemology? Cont’d)

In philosophy since Descartes, western civilization seems to have lost its ability to understand the value and nature of philosophical common sense. In our time, the motorcycle repairman, philosopher, author, scholar, and tinkerer Matthew Crawford can help us do some much-needed rethinking of our philosophies of knowledge, ethics, attention, and learning in the light of reality and in the pursuit of long-term flourishing.

Addendum #12: For Star Trek Day on September 8th, Consider Some 23rd Century Insights for 21st Century Educators

In honor of Star Trek Day and a few of my teaching colleagues who are Star Trek fans, I offer five educational insights as a tribute to over five decades of boldly going where no one has gone before.

Addendum #10: Empathy via Thoughtful Maintenance versus Hyper Design and Innovation Trends

In light of hearing teacher concerns near and far about starting this school year, I’m thinking that the dynamics of credibility between teachers and administrators work much like they do between teachers and students. Might we be a bit more considerate of teacher concerns about focusing so much on design thinking and innovation? Ken Sande’sContinue reading “Addendum #10: Empathy via Thoughtful Maintenance versus Hyper Design and Innovation Trends”