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The Formative Power of Educational Metaphors – David Diener

Metaphors are powerful tools that profoundly affect how we think and live. Throughout history, numerous metaphors have been used to describe the  nature of education, and these have had a formative impact on educational theory and practice. In this seminar we will examine three particularly influential educational metaphors: Plato’s cave, the industrial factory, and a […]

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 4

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 3

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 2

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 1

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

Plato: Understanding the Foundations of the Classical Education Tradition

Plato is one of the principal founders of the western intellectual tradition, and his understanding of education has had a profound impact on the development of educational theory and practice around the world for nearly two-and-a-half millennia. The study of his views is thus of great benefit, both as a means of examining fundamental questions […]

Puzzle, Proof, and Play: A Pedagogy of Wonder for Mathematics

Most math teachers love mathematics and one of their greatest desires is to nurture a similar love in their students. But more often than they might like the structure of the mathematics curriculum seems opposed to the cultivation of this wonder in mathematics. This workshop will explore how teaching math through a pedagogy of puzzle, […]

Why Children Must Play to Learn

We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply-retained lessons of life were derived from play, adventure, […]

The Centrality of Virtue in the Ancient Understanding of Education

In the contemporary discourse about education, discussion of virtue as the goal of education is strikingly absent. When “virtue education” is mentioned, it is generally treated as an add-on to the curriculum, not as the overarching goal of everything that is studied. This conception of education, however, stands in stark contrast to the ancient understanding […]