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Postby portokalos » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:25 am

Is education a circle?
"What is hell?" I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
Fyodor Dostoevsky-The Brothers Karamazov
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Postby skinem » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:55 am

Ah, Portokalos, I didn't know you were a philosopher!

Many would argue that it is, in the sense that for education to take place an individual must be looking for it, or at least, receptive. (After all, much of life's educational lessons are involuntary!)
If that is the case, education starts with the indivudual, there is a source that imparts some sort of lesson, and it returns to the individual, who, then in turn, can impart lessons to others.

Personally, I've viewed it more as a give and take, with much monitoring to ensure understanding...

I'll see if I can dig up some of my old foundations of ed texts--if that's the subject you were asking about!
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Re: Encyclopedia

Postby Palewriter » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:22 pm

portokalos wrote:Is education a circle?


From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

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1531, "course of construction," thought to be a false reading by L. authors of Gk. enkyklios paideia taken as "general education," but lit. "training in a circle," the essentials of a liberal education, from enkyklios "circular," also "general" (from en- "in" + kyklos "circle") + paideia "education, child-rearing," from pais (gen. paidos) "child." Modern sense of "reference work arranged alphabetically" is from 1644, often applied specifically to the Fr. "Encylopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Artes, et des Métiers" (1751-65).


Seems logical, particularly as such reference works are so popular among folks who move in academic circles.

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Re: Encyclopedia

Postby Perry » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:48 pm

portokalos wrote:Is education a circle?


I often find myself circling back to refresh my memory of things already learned. But I also always seek new knowledge. Perhaps education is a spiral?
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Re: Encyclopedia

Postby Palewriter » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:42 pm

Perry wrote:
portokalos wrote:Is education a circle?
Perhaps education is a spiral?


Or maybe a double helix. :-)

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Postby skinem » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:52 pm

Or a Venn diagram...

(very popular in education...)
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Postby Bailey » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:14 am

For me it's a hairpin, I start out to do something and have to double right back to try to figure what it was I was doing or what I just learned. Sigh.

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Postby portokalos » Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:53 am

"Ah, Portokalos, I didn't know you were a philosopher!"

Was I? I like that you said
"What is hell?" I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
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Postby Stargzer » Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:11 am

skinem wrote:Ah, Portokalos, I didn't know you were a philosopher!
...


He should have said punster ... :D

Thanks for prodding PW into a little research. That is a nice pun!
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