(Re) Forming Education

Opening Freewrite: What is the purpose of public education?


Why English 101?  Why do you think the state requires everyone at every two and four year college to take this course?


What is Knowledge?

Again, Jen has kept these prompts general on purpose.  We will watch a Ted Talk  today (reenvisioned as an RSA Animate) that will help you understand why.

This Ted Talk will also explain some of the underpinnings to Jen’s pedagogy– why she has made certain choices in how she has designed English 101.

In his Ted Talk titled “Changing Education Paradigms,” Sir Ken Robinson raises a key inquiry question (something we will be exploring in English 101 and English 102) in response to his claim that “every country on earth, at the moment, is reforming public education”: he asks, “How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century (how do we do that) given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of the week?”

Note: Jen is modeling a major MOVE of the Modern Language Association (MLA) conventions for you here.  She is using a SIGNAL PHRASE (introducing Sir Ken Robinson and the title of his talk) and then integrating DIRECT QUOTES.  Please write these terms down in your notes:

  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • Signal phrase
  • Direct Quote

We will be returning to these terms next week– and for the rest of the quarter.  For now, watch for how Jen uses signal phrases and direct quotes when she speaks in class and writes on this blog.

Please write down the following terms/phrases and LISTEN for them during the talk:

  1. The Enlightenment (look for the guy with his head cut open and a candle jumping out of it).
  2. Aesthetic Experience
  3. Anaesthetic Experience
  4. Divergent Thinking
  5. Creativity

Jen will be using these terms frequently during the course of the quarter.


2 thoughts on “(Re) Forming Education

  1. Closing Memo to Jen: Think about a time you wrote something alone . . . versus a time you wrote a document (a text, an e-mail, a letter, a job application) that was TRULY important. Did you write alone? Or did you have help? If you wrote it alone . . . how did it turn out? Was the result to your liking? How did you FEEL while writing alone? Another way to think about this: when something is TRULY vital . . . is it in your best interests to write alone? Or will the best work always come from some sort of collaboration?

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