Talons Philosophy

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Aspirations, Tomato-y Wisdom, and Sudbury Schools (Rita)

  1. Personal Aspirations in Philosophy 12: I came into this course expecting to learn about old philosophers. Kind of figuring it was going to be structured like my past socials classes, with the information given to me and focused on what philosophy is and famous philosophers. I knew next to nothing on the subject, besides passing mentions of old philosophers in socials classes. Finding that the assignments were going to be more self-directed was a little destabilizing because of its unfamiliarity, but it was also a little exciting because it made things less mundane. Instead of being told what to do, I had the chance to try and be more self-motivated and make something I cared about. I’ve always been more or less indifferent to a lot of the subjects being taught to me, but with things being more open ended I don’t have an excuse to not be interested. So I aspire to try harder in my assignments and participate more in class.
  2. Thoughts about wisdom and knowledge: I’ve spent a few of my weekends watching my friends play DnD, huddled around a table having adventures through only words and some dice rolls. I remember someone asking once the difference between wisdom and intelligence, probably because they were deciding which was more important to put points in. It was explained that intelligence was knowing a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom is knowing not to put any in a fruit salad. I found this pretty interesting. What if a character had really high intelligence but no wisdom? Vice versa? Hilarity would probably ensue, considering wisdom is pretty much common sense and street smarts. I figure falling in love with wisdom can most easily be incentivized by watching someone else complete noteworthy acts using wisdom. Kind of like reading Sherlock Holmes, though I find that funny since I don’t imagine Sherlock having much interest for anything without solid proof.
  3. Unanswered questions: Is the current school system effective in preparing us for sustaining ourselves in the future? Hard for me to say really, since I haven’t left yet and given it a shot. But looking at traditional and alternative ways of schooling we have is interesting. Homeschooling, Montessori programs, private schools, charter schools, Sudbury schools… Sudbury schools follow a progressivism model, and are pretty different to what we’re used to. Students are in charge of their own learning, and it runs on a direct democracy where students and teachers are equal. There is no set curriculum or standardized instruction. It sounds neat, though a skeptic part of me wonders if that amount of freedom would just lead to kids choosing to do nothing all day. David Brown (youtuber name boyinaband) did a video on alternative types of learning and interviewed someone who graduated from a Sudbury school.

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