Search for Meaning

Millennia of experience can help provide the sense of cultural legacy to build the moral sense within young people. The treasure of accumulated knowledge is now dependent on curiosity and available through technology. Herbart in the age of enlightenment came to the imperative that education is to cultivate humanity to a natural morality. That the educational challenge isn’t to impart knowledge but to promote students desire to be good and productive citizens.

With this age, I find people to be self guided in their search for meanings in the teachings technology provides. Making the responsibility to find persuasive means to move their understandings to a position that it is in their best interest and the interests of others around them to promote social values even more pressing. This responsibility is also spread out to not only the academic teachers, but the teachers of the general public. I am finding suggestible youth in public forums being guided by these public teachers unburdened by responsibility of immediate personal consequence. I feel more-so now then ever, that as a society “rising tides lifts all boats” (not in relation to the economy) and have hope that we can all move forward together in our search for meaning.

 

 

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Clear and Unclear Windows

The architecture of moral education was very clear to me. That the 5 responsibilities of service (volunteerism), honesty (truth), civility (obedience), kindness (mercy), participation (cooperation) and commitment (work) are based on the respect of the environment (property and creation), society (family, elders, others), religions and yourself. With these standards one can achieve not only effectiveness but also eclipse into greatness. We are taught “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is our right by birth, when the bigger picture lies in our responsibilities first.

I appreciated the notes about cardinal virtues being built not legislated, a balance between the two extremes. That the buddy system forces bullies into roles, the value of a peer.

Unclear: I wanted to write the quotes from the walls of the hall, but didn’t have a chance to record them!

 

 

 

Characteristics of an Effective Educator

In my opinion an effective educator is one that strives to achieve all aspects of the architecture of moral education. That the 5 responsibilities of service (volunteerism), honesty (truth), civility (obedience), kindness (mercy), participation (cooperation) and commitment (work) are based on the respect of the environment (property and creation), society (family, elders, others), religions and yourself. With these standards one can achieve not only effectiveness but also eclipse into greatness.

With the responsibility of a teacher comes being a leader in your field, a facilitator of learning, being receptive to feedback and continuing to be a self learner by staying broad and current on instructional strategies. How does one go about being a facilitator of learning? being clear about expectations and instructional goals, being knowledgeable about their students and their development in social contexts, and developing connections to other disciplines to relate those subject matters to their own.

Key words of disposition were tossed around in class, empathy, compassion, engaging, excitement, encouraging, etc.