The Rhythm of Education

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The Rhythm of Education

  1. 1. 1770-1831 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  2. 2. Thesis Antithesis Synthesis Hegel’s Big Idea. . .
  3. 3. Alfred North Whitehead 1861-1947
  4. 4. Romance Precision Generalization Whitehead’s improvement. . .
  5. 5. Three phases of education
  6. 6. Romance . . . The joy of discovering what you can do with the facts.
  7. 7. Precision . . . A way to analyze and acquire new facts.
  8. 8. Generalization . . . The joy of knowing what to do. . . and how to do it.
  9. 9. Repeat as needed
  10. 10. During the school period the student has been mentally bending over his desk; at the University he should stand up and look around. Alfred North Whitehead
  11. 11. Learners unite!
  12. 12. Your learning is useless to you until. . . .
  13. 13. you lose your textbooks!
  14. 14. you burn your lecture notes!
  15. 15. you forget what you learned for the exam!
  16. 16. why?
  17. 17. “ The function of a University is to enable you to shed details in favor of principles.” Alfred North Whitehead
  18. 18. from the particular to glimpses of general ideas
  19. 19. from general ideas to concrete cases
  20. 20. Isn’t that what we call. . . critical thinking?
  21. 21. Learn by doing. . .
  22. 22. Question what you know. . .
  23. 23. Sharpen your pencils. . .
  24. 24. Here we go!
  25. 25. Reference Whitehead, A. N. The Aims of Education. New York: Free Press, 1929.
  26. 26. Entelechy Productions (2009)

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