An interlocution between teacher and student about what it means to teach social justice within the context of the study of history, government, and ethics.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Student: What is teaching? Teacher: It is the act of deconstruction and transgression between teacher and student.
Student: What is its purpose? Teacher: Knowledge that leads to growth, expansion of awareness, and action, i.e., wisdom.
Student: What does teaching social justice mean? Teacher: Teaching social justice means teaching and speaking to the historical moment, it means exploring the “mechanisms of power which establish inequality, through the systematic analysis of political discourse,” and contextualizing that moment within the arc if history.1 Teaching social justice begins with throwing oneself, and later your students, into an epistemological and existential crisis where everything you think you know about who and what you are needs to be deconstructed then reconstructed from the ground up (more…)
A 12 year retrospective on the state of education by a veteran educator.
Friday, 12 June 2015
Below is an interview conducted by Orenda Review 12 years ago with now retired college professor R.L. Pritchard. He taught History, Political Science, and Law for over 40 years.
OR:In what ways has your perception of education changed since you began teaching?
R.L. Pritchard: One thing that has continued to amaze me during the long course of my teaching career, especially on matters of public interest and public affairs, is how ill-informed most people are. One consequence of that is that people arrive at political positions and opinions based on sort of gut-level responses or remembrances of things without really looking carefully into the facts to find out what truly was the case and how complex things were. Overall, it’s how simplistically people think, including a lot of very well educated people. And I’ve had a lot of very well-educated people in my classes over the years, including older students and people who’ve lived through just about everything I’ve lived through during my lifetime, and yet who know so little of it or retain so little of it. Consequently, because they don’t have the breadth and depth on these things, they tend to (more…)
The nature of scarcity and economic power, and how they are created and used as a method of social control
Saturday, 28 December 2014
According to the Chinese zodiac, in 2015 we will be transitioning into the year of the sheep. What will this bode for a world living in the New Gilded Age? The sheeple will have to decide if they will accept the historic changes that are occurring on the domestic and international stage or if they will resist and struggle against the tide of elite domination. There are many transitions well under way in the coming years and they all surround the notion of scarcity and the exercise of economic power. We are in the midst of a global liquidity crisis that will lead to the abandonment of the US dollar as the global reserve currency; climate change politics and environmental pollution are leading to global carbon tax proposals; and the geopolitical fight for control of the precious natural resources of Central Asia between the West and myriad combinations of Eastern factions is flaring up. All of these ostensible political and economic cleavages are coming to a head as of late, and will begin to show themselves not as cleavages (more…)
Healing the planet and ourselves in the twilight of the Kali Yuga
Thursday, 25 September 2014
We are living in the age of the Kali Yuga – the Dark Age. We will transition out of this Dark Age in the year 2025. Whether a new and vitally needed Renaissance of consciousness will accompany this cosmological transition remains to be seen. It is clear, however, that the current paradigm makes the solutions to society’s problems dangerous to the survival of the world as we know it. The pursuit of cures, in the broadest sense, instead of freeing the world, actually threatens the foundations upon which our world currently rests.
To understand the true nature of the cure as it manifests itself in the world, one must first understand the difference between private agendas and public rhetoric, the honne and the tatamae of the oligarchs of society, who are referred to by many names: neo-liberals, globalists, the CFR crowd, or the New World Order. Once one fully grasps the sheer scope of the chasm between the former and latter, the reality that the race for a cure is happening on a treadmill becomes abundantly clear. This shift in consciousness represents the rubicon for understanding the world we live in today. This awareness forever changes the entire shape and color of the universe of possibility for economic, political, social, cultural, and spiritual change.
Nowhere is the race for the cure more prevalent than (more…)
Un-Americans: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Colonial Perspective
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Let me begin by stating emphatically that it is un-American to call or accuse anyone of being un-American. Nowhere is being un-American as rampant as it is in America. Being un-American isn’t to be confused with being anti-American – the former being a state of not being American, the latter being a person who is against America. In order to fully understand this phenomenon, we must ask some fundamental questions that (more…)