Module Three Task One Plato_s Cave-1

Module Three Task One Plato_s Cave-1 - the “light” or...

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Module Three Task One By: Pam Perrino Objective: Provide three passages from Plato’s Cave that would support essentialist or perennialist views. Definition of essentialist or perennialist: From the overview “Essentialist and prennialists promote the idea that we should teach universal principles and abstract reasoning skills that are not related to cultural variance. For example, a curriculum that supports the acquisition of critical thinking skills and problem-based learning projects is usually grounded in the essentialist and prennialist approach.” “And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he is forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be painted and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities? o The “darkness”, ignorance or lack of knowledge prevents him from seeing
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Unformatted text preview: the “light” or the truth once he is free. • “But whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort: and , when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in the visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he would act rationally either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.’’ o Seeking the truth or knowledge sets you free of the ignorance or lack of knowledge. • “But then, if I am right certain professors of education must be wrong when they say that they can put a knowledge into the soul which was not there before, like sight into blind eyes.” o The controversy over weather the purpose of education is to provide the facts or to facilitate critical thinking....
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2010 for the course EDUCATION 111 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '10 term at Bowling Green.

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