Pragmatism Ms Mag 3dec09

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  • Pragmatism Ms Mag 3dec09

    1. 1. The Realistic & the Practical Is very attractive!
    2. 2. Fernand Braudel History of civilizations
    3. 3. Fernand Braudel History of civilizations " ... the true man of action is he who can measure most nearly the constraints upon him,
    4. 4. Fernand Braudel History of civilizations " ... the true man of action is he who can measure most nearly the constraints upon him, who chooses to remain within them and even to take advantage of the weight of the inevitable, exerting his own pressure in the same directions.
    5. 5. Fernand Braudel History of civilizations " ... the true man of action is he who can measure most nearly the constraints upon him, who chooses to remain within them and even to take advantage of the weight of the inevitable, exerting his own pressure in the same directions. All efforts against the prevailing tide of history - which is not always obvious - are doomed to failure.'
    6. 6. Krishnamurti....  The purpose of education is not to merely fit into society 3
    7. 7. An inner conversation ...
    8. 8. An inner conversation ...  If we educate children to be successful does it mean we help them to fit into a corrupt society?
    9. 9. An inner conversation ...  If we educate children to be successful does it mean we help them to fit into a corrupt society?  Is this the purpose of schooling?
    10. 10. An inner conversation ...  If we educate children to be successful does it mean we help them to fit into a corrupt society?  Is this the purpose of schooling?  Surely children will meet many challenging situations that require them to make a choice?
    11. 11. An inner conversation ...  If we educate children to be successful does it mean we help them to fit into a corrupt society?  Is this the purpose of schooling?  Surely children will meet many challenging situations that require them to make a choice?  Would it be wrong to say“Be realistic, be sensible!” ?
    12. 12. What is one to do in difficult situations? Can one get death certificates, paying no grease money? Can one buy or sell property without giving baksheesh for registration?
    13. 13. Is the purpose of education  To teach our children to hold their head high or  Teach how to live with shame, accepting that this is the way?  Teach the importance of privilege, the need to clamber over fellow citizens or  The possibility of living a life of egality with all...
    14. 14. education  Should one encourage children to dream, when all they need to do is “fit in” ?  the heady wine of Pragmatism is always near at hand...?
    15. 15. ॿॿॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿॿॿ ॿॿॿ ॿॿ ॿॿॿॿ ॿॿ That which is talked about in all towns, all streets ॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿ ॿॿ ॿॿ ॿॿॿॿ ॿॿ That is the story, yours and mine... ॿॿॿॿॿॿ ॿॿ ॿॿॿ ॿ ॿॿ ॿॿ _ॿॿ ॿॿॿ ॿॿ Dont talk to me of the taverns... ॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿ ॿॿॿॿ ॿॿ
    16. 16. Case study 1  School - non competitive  Coach - “You need aggressive competition, otherwise you will lack edge!”  What do you say as parent? in school one thing outside another That is how it always is..
    17. 17. Case study 2 One way street - just 100 m. If I take it in the morning 10 mins to school. If not 25 mins. Child says “everyone goes this way. Please take the shortcut. I don’t want to be late to school! Please take the one way.” What does one say as a parent?
    18. 18. Case study 3 Project submission in school. Child has not prepared despite having ample time. Asks parents for a leave letter to stay at home. Says “It is not a big crime. Give me a day and I will do an excellent project.” What does one say as a parent?
    19. 19. Our only hope...... The compassion and innocence of our children are our big hope!

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