WHY TEACH?         Kurt Love, Ph.D.Central Connecticut State University
“TRUTH”What is “truth”?How do we know it when we see it?What makes knowledge “true”?
TruthinessWhat color is the sky?
TruthinessWhat color is the sky?
TruthinessWhat color is the moon?
TruthinessWhat color is grass?
Truthiness               What color is grass?                                            PurpleGreen/Yellow Yellow        ...
“TRUTH” AND “FACT”We often state:TRUTH = FACT and FACT = TRUTHIs there a difference between truth and fact?What is fact? W...
FACTS FROM CULTURAL VALUES  Cultural Value           “Fact”   Patriotism         Columbus was a hero                      ...
“American Mythology”•   George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, but couldn’t tell a lie•   Thomas Jefferson was a st...
“Science Mythology”•   The best way to understand nature is to isolate and atomize it. In fact, all    other ways are subo...
Truth & Power• “Truth” is a construct of those in power.• “Truth” is often “myth” handed down from  one generation to anot...
Truth & Power       (Reality) in U.S.“Truth” claims from the dominant discourse• God is the “Truth”• Science is the “Truth...
What is the Earth?
What is the Earth?
What is the Earth?
What is the Earth?
What is the Earth?
ThinkingConvergent Thinking -All paths lead to a single destination. This is rooted in abelief that there is only one “Tru...
ThinkingDivergent Thinking -Explore many paths in authentic settings with questionsthat have no predetermined answer.     ...
“WISDOM”What is “wisdom”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “wisdom” come from?
“CONSCIOUSNESS”What is “consciousness”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “consciousness” come from?
CONSCIOUSNESSExpanding one’s consciousness  Shifting our ways of relationally knowing the world  and viewing “realities”  ...
CONSCIOUSNESSTeaching towards consciousness  Shifting our ways of relationally knowing the world and  viewing “realities” ...
“SPIRITUALITY”What is “spirituality”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “spirituality” come from?
SPIRITUALITYCan spirituality have a place in the public school if it isseen in this way:  RELIGION = SPIRITUALITY and  SPI...
TRUTH & CONSCIOUSNESS       Fact                        Relationship                      School?       Experience      Re...
Zoe Weil & How We Might Change Teaching
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  1. 1. WHY TEACH? Kurt Love, Ph.D.Central Connecticut State University
  2. 2. “TRUTH”What is “truth”?How do we know it when we see it?What makes knowledge “true”?
  3. 3. TruthinessWhat color is the sky?
  4. 4. TruthinessWhat color is the sky?
  5. 5. TruthinessWhat color is the moon?
  6. 6. TruthinessWhat color is grass?
  7. 7. Truthiness What color is grass? PurpleGreen/Yellow Yellow Blueish
  8. 8. “TRUTH” AND “FACT”We often state:TRUTH = FACT and FACT = TRUTHIs there a difference between truth and fact?What is fact? What is verifiability? What is validity?Facts are a series of events that we agree upon.Facts are supported by a consensus; therefore,facts are aligned with the values (perspectives)of a cultural.
  9. 9. FACTS FROM CULTURAL VALUES Cultural Value “Fact” Patriotism Columbus was a hero explorer John Locke argued for personal freedomsAre there elements of social control? Helen Keller is an inspiration because she overcame her adversities
  10. 10. “American Mythology”• George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, but couldn’t tell a lie• Thomas Jefferson was a strong voice for public education• Betsy Ross sewed together the first American flag• “Honest” Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin and fought for the abolition of slavery• Nothing of historical value occurred before European “settlement”• Lead up to Revolutionary War had only Patriots and Loyalists• Only great individual leaders make meaningful social change...and those changes have all been morally correct• America has always been on the morally right path, especially when it came to issues of genocide• Slavery was wrong, but we no longer see any effects of it in America• Streets are paved of gold and anyone who works hard enough will be successful in America• Using two nuclear bombs against Japan was morally justified• America is the model country for the world
  11. 11. “Science Mythology”• The best way to understand nature is to isolate and atomize it. In fact, all other ways are subordinate and borderline socially inept.• Capitalism and government have no governance over scientific research• Science includes the only right ways to determine truth• Any other ways of assembling truth are simply ignorant and part of what Carl Sagan calls a “Demon Haunted World”• The previous statement is culturally neutral. In fact, ANYTHING that science claims is true is culturally neutral.• Science is always moving us towards an ultimate and undeniable truth about the universe• There are no mystical aspects about the universe; there are only aspects that science has yet to understand
  12. 12. Truth & Power• “Truth” is a construct of those in power.• “Truth” is often “myth” handed down from one generation to another
  13. 13. Truth & Power (Reality) in U.S.“Truth” claims from the dominant discourse• God is the “Truth”• Science is the “Truth”• Free Market is the “Truth”• Europeans have “Truth” in religion, science, academy, literature, and economics
  14. 14. What is the Earth?
  15. 15. What is the Earth?
  16. 16. What is the Earth?
  17. 17. What is the Earth?
  18. 18. What is the Earth?
  19. 19. ThinkingConvergent Thinking -All paths lead to a single destination. This is rooted in abelief that there is only one “Truth.”Traditional Liberal/Progressive scaf Truth Thought fold New Truth d Thought scaffolThought Thought
  20. 20. ThinkingDivergent Thinking -Explore many paths in authentic settings with questionsthat have no predetermined answer. Transformative New NewThought Thought Relationship Critical Communities Info Questioning New NewThought Thought Relationship
  21. 21. “WISDOM”What is “wisdom”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “wisdom” come from?
  22. 22. “CONSCIOUSNESS”What is “consciousness”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “consciousness” come from?
  23. 23. CONSCIOUSNESSExpanding one’s consciousness Shifting our ways of relationally knowing the world and viewing “realities” Having deep understandings of the various paradigms of thought and their boundariesTo what extent do teachers develop lessons withdriving questions that help students increase theirconsciousness?
  24. 24. CONSCIOUSNESSTeaching towards consciousness Shifting our ways of relationally knowing the world and viewing “realities” Having deep understandings of the various paradigms of thought and their boundariesInstead of asking:What is Spanish vocabulary for a common marketplace?Asking:To what extent are Spanish-speaking peoples connected to andaffected by the global marketplace?
  25. 25. “SPIRITUALITY”What is “spirituality”?How do we know it when we see it?Where does “spirituality” come from?
  26. 26. SPIRITUALITYCan spirituality have a place in the public school if it isseen in this way: RELIGION = SPIRITUALITY and SPIRITUALITY = RELIGIONSpirituality can be one’s deeper sense of selfand/or feelings of interconnectedness
  27. 27. TRUTH & CONSCIOUSNESS Fact Relationship School? Experience Reason Your classroom? Argument ConsciousnessPhilosophical Truth Spiritual Wisdom
  28. 28. Zoe Weil & How We Might Change Teaching

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