Blog Post 6 (Jacques)

Jacques Charrier
September 22, 2018
Blog post 6

3 things I learned:

First: Perennialism asserts that there are great truths in this world that are unchanging and universal. These truths are often found in old classical texts and books such as Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This theory seems to me to be most prominent in English literature classes, since it has a strong basis in literary masterpieces. During my time in high school there was often a strong emphasis on theme-based interpretations of texts, which could be another way of examining the so-called great truths.

Second: The first reputable university in Saskatchewan was the University of Saskatchewan, which was established in Saskatoon in 1907. Later on the University of Saskatchewan expanded to Regina, where Regina College would evolve into the province’s second important site of higher education. After the Second World War Regina College evolved into the Regina Campus of the U of S (1961), eventually becoming the independent University of Regina in 1974.

Third: The development of the public school system between the mid-1800s and early 1900s created a secular system that was open to everyone. The main idea was to move away from foreign and traditional (church-based) ways of teaching and create a free system under one curriculum that would put Canadians in one general community.

2 connections:

First: Progressivism is the philosophy that children are curious and creative individuals who are able to problem-solve on their own. The document Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans talks about Progressivism and the post-graduation goals that primary and secondary school teachers have for their students. Many of these resonate with me from my own experiences in the education system. Often my teachers stressed the importance of self-learning as a key life skill.

Second: Idealism is where ideas are regarded as the only true reality to the world. I never really understood what idealism meant until I began writing my experiences and ideas into a journal. At the start, my journaling felt like a good hobby that would help me develop my writing skills. However, looking back after a year the old jot notes and descriptions that I penned are priceless to me, and represent my past self better than anything else. It is from reading my old entries that I am able to see how my thinking has evolved. If there is anything that this journal has taught me, it is that ideas are worth a lot.

1 question:

How does a teacher incorporate complex philosophies into her or his classroom without confusing the students?

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