Tag Archives: political philosophy

On Faith

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Faith is hard. LOL & also UGH… Harvesting the fruits of faith is difficult even though they are among the sweetest of things. Faith, in one estimation, is the belief that something WILL happen without having absolute PROOF that it will. Faith means … Continue reading

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Let Your Students Constructively Stuggle: How Weak Teachers Create Intellectually Slavish Students

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Guiding students to answer their own questions: Plato’s Meno Introduction Plato’s curriculum could be summarized as “Education as Constructive Frustration”. On the surface many of Plato’s dialogs seem either frustratingly heavy or seemingly simplistic. Plato, at any rate, was a … Continue reading

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The Hobbes Game – FUN FUN FUN Game for Social Studies Classes

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How did man “get along” before government?  What came first, government or man?  Will we every know?! In much the same way that “atom smashers” collide atoms so they can see how the subatomic particles interact with each other (to … Continue reading

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An Educator’s 4th of July Thoughts

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Two perpetual elements of American society, that are also richly analogous, are baseball and education.  Baseball is a game of individuals, but those individual players must win as a team.  The game is played as a competition not only against … Continue reading

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The Incomplete Constitution

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The Constitution is the greatest protector of rights ever penned by man’s hands. Simply by being a written Constitution, the document professes to be a touch-stone of liberty. Like a rulebook, if you want to know if someone is cheating … Continue reading

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The Constitution as a Machine Poster Lesson

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I’m a fan of the Bill of Rights Institute. One of the many reasons is that a few of my old professors from the University of Dallas will pop in from time to time to talk about the U.S. Constitution. … Continue reading

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Shining a light on shadows: In education, questions are better than answers

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How do you describe light in terms of shadows? You certainly can’t construct light from its absence. How does one reveal to another what the other has yet to experience? With all due respect to Mr. Morrison, I don’t believe … Continue reading

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Do “you” really exist?

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This discussion can be found at this TouchCast link… Keep in mind that if you view this in Google Chrome, you can actually interact with the links and images I place in this video. http://www.touchcast.com/thrasymachus/Do-U-Exist—A-Thought-Experiment The following is an outline … Continue reading

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Hobbes and Public Education

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Thomas Hobbes contends, both explicitly and implicitly, in his Leviathan that political philosophy is an impossible project because the greatest of the political philosophers (Plato and Aristotle) had failed to convert political wisdom into an attainable goal. In other words, … Continue reading

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Education as Energy Drink: Passion’s Shortcoming in the Classroom

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Sometimes, the sparks our students produce in class are nothing more than reflections of our own burning educational flames. Our inspiration animates students and gets them thinking and doing in our presence, but can they keep those Promethean embers alive … Continue reading

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