Pedagogy

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Paeda, it means child or youth. The idea of developing pedagogy goes beyond curriculum development and into social development: in loco parentis.

  • Exposing the student to the breadth of culture; hencefrom the idea of Liberal Arts.
  • Development of professionalism in the student: etiquette, sophistication of language.
  • Development of his/her critical faculties: thinking, writing, reading.

Too much lecturing and they become dependent. Too much freedom and they don't learn anything.

The real lesson of this crucible is developing the student's understanding of their own dependence on the world and how they can find their unique place within it.


Student collaboration on homework. The idea of isolating each student for homework is not ideal. Allow them to free-associate and require that they place each collaborator's names on their paper. If they use external resources, that should be listed (so that you can learn what students do). Limit collaborators to students in the class. This allows them to learn from each other too. At test time, you and they get to see if the lessons were learned or not.


Taken to a higher level, the University could be seen in a pedagogical relationship to it`s faculty: it wishes to groom it to maximum excellence. It is here issues of compensation arise. The market model of supply and demand is hardly ideal.

As a first approximation of an ideal might look like:

  • Basic, economical (i.e. optimized for ecological geniuses) living (food + shelter + transportation pass) in a communal fashion, near the University greenhouse perhaps, much like students but more private for contemplation of higher truths.
  • A stipend large enough to allow for exploration beyond the department chair and university initiatives.

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