Just participated in another great #eltchat on how to avoid “death” by coursebooks, and here’s @LizziePinard summary of all those awesome sparks: http://t.co/3eJJbcQ. For me the core of the event goes beyond all of the great ideas. It lies within the community, and it’s amazing to be connected with so many educators, and to be able to exchange our diverse experiences.
Today, while sharing with folks all over the world, I saw a tweet that made a language geek like me go ” YEEEAAA boom SHaKaLaKa !!!! ” I’ll explain why below.
the words that leaped out were scientific and humanize…
Science and Humans,
or etymologically speaking-
“Separating and Connecting“
A philosophy of Balance in Contrast has been described in many ways before…
As always, I feel like we’re going to need to go to the roots to better under-stand, so… off on another journée in language, and checking out the etymological roots of:
How does the word science make you feel ?
Actually, is it a word without feeling?
Hasn’t much of science’s efforts aimed at removing us from interaction, moving towards objectivity and separating any human emotion/opinion/non-factual observation?
Ironically, the etymology of Science might just reflect this. I remember an odd moment when I first started learning french at a wee age of 14— a funny word resemblance that made me go “huh”…
Scier in french means “to cut”. In latin it is Scire, in sanskrit, chyáti, “he cuts”, and finally in Iranian a scían, is a knife. I ♥ Indo-European language family similarities.
But back to science as a cutter. Much of modern science’s dissecting of the world comes from a fella by the name of Réné Descartes, one of the “fathers” of the scientific revolution. Ever heard someone say “Cartesian world view”, “I think therefore I am”, or how about this
Descartes’s brilliance left many traces. He contributed to a new world view, breaking from “Aristotelian theory that matter was continuous and made up of the elements— Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether” and that it was actually divisible or “atomistic or corpuscular“ (from wikipedia)
Homo sapiens are we in scientific terminology
The latin word, humus, means soil/ground, so homo sapiens are the KNOWING or wise earthy ones. Sapiens comes from sapidus in latin, a FASCINATING etymology in and of itself, which provides “sapere” in italian= to know, as well as “sage” or wise one. This definition of us provides a connection to the world. We are not separate, but “of the earth”. Nature is not “out there”, but a part of us, as we are a part of it… a leaf on a tree, a wave in the sea. :)
Just for fun— humiliate— to put someone down— closer to the earth. Someone who is humble— don’t see themselves higher than others.
Let’s resume what this adds to the discussion
Coursebooks are a logical way for us to make progress in class (progress is fine post-scientific revolution word too!)
No, that’s not what I’m trying to say… coursebooks are a way to “ground our studies scientifically”…
Umm… I mean… do we need coursebooks? Do we need to separate ourselves from the learning. Do we need to have something to hold onto? Do we need to “control” ?
Can we go DOGME and have our students OWN the learning without extraneous material, as states the “first commandment” in the intro of Teaching Unplugged by Scott Thornsbury?
“Teaching should be done using only the resources that teachers and students bring to the classroom – ie themselves – and whatever happens to be in the classroom.”
I don’t know. I’ve been successful with and without books in class, as I have with and without technology. Likewise, I’ve better understood the world and humans both with and without science. Though, honestly, I prefer the “green” “organic” “natural” feeling to dogme and to leaving science and its dissections behind and focusing on connection, on the mother earth, on the air that we all breathe and how it is all one. Yes, I’m a hippy.
Lastly, might Dogme need a bit more “scientific proof of success” to bring a bit more dogme to the world ?
I want to be a fly on the wall of @Chucksandy ‘s dogme classroom and see how he and his students are “owning” language. AND, I’m not the only one…
Chuck has a better direction, though.
So, how can we all COLLABORATE on something good, fun, “humane” and dogmatic? Feel free to share your ideas/proposals here within the comments.
I’m game for anything !Cheers, b OOoooo…. one last dogme fly just joined b4 i published ! LOL