Natalie holds an MA in English Education and is working on her PhD in psychology.
The person is very excited.The principal asked the teacher to plan the school’s curriculum for next year.It shows that her principal has faith that she knows what she’s talking about.
What should she choose for the curriculum?Some people think the school should teach the classics like Shakespeare and Darwin.It’s important to look at newer figures and learn from them.
School curricula should focus on what is eternal, according to Perennialism in education.Perennial means lasting for many years.Perennialism focuses on things that have been around for a long time.
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evergreen ideas, or philosophies that last through many generations, is one of the cornerstones of perennialism.’All’s fair in love and war’ is an old adage.It’s been around for a long time, and many people have explored it in different ways.
To create a perennialist curriculum, Sita will want to focus on evergreen ideas and avoid new ideas.She will want to stick with what has worked.evergreen ideas last a long time and are applicable to many people through many generations because of the way that an evergreen lasts all year round.
In social studies, Sita might want to focus on big, evergreen ideas of democracy, such as human rights, educating voters, and things like that.Voting machines and drones are new issues faced by humans today, but they are tied to the same ideals that our grandparents and great-grandparents faced, things like national security versus privacy, or voting rights for all.The school should look at how the founding fathers balanced personal rights with national security, instead of discussing drones in social studies.
Because perennialism is so focused on evergreen ideas, Sita should make the most of the curriculum.Students are learning from their grandparents.The belief is that the ideas that have stood the test of time are worthy of study.New ideas may add to the curriculum, but they may not add anything.It’s worked for generations before so why not stick with it?
Perennialism teaches things that are applicable to many generations.The classics, or a canon of books written long ago, are a big part of a perennialist curriculum.
Instead of reading modern writers and philosophers, she will want to design her curriculum around classical writers.She wants to avoid writers who have written in the last generation or two, but instead focus on those who wrote hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago.
The classics are a big part of perennialism.There are two main ideas about the classics.
Many people write and publish books.As time goes on, many of those books and essays are forgotten.There are many reasons that a piece of writing may be forgotten, but those that stand the test of time tend to be able to answer questions in many different eras.
Take a look at Shakespeare’s play.The play is about a man who wants to gain power.He starts a chain of events that lead to his downfall.The themes of power, destiny, guilt, and honor are explored in the play.There are many CEOs, politicians, and other people who could learn a lesson or two from the themes that are still around today.
The classics are engaged in a Great Conversation with other authors over time.Shakespeare was using a history book as the basis for his novel, and it didn’t come out of nowhere.
After Shakespeare, many other writers used him in their own writing as an example.The authors that came after Shakespeare are talking to each other and sharing ideas, like the author of the history book.They are talking.
Classics are pieces of work for Sita to include in her perennialist curriculum because they are proven across generations and engaged in a deep discussion with other literary pieces.
Perennialism is the belief that schools should teach timeless ideas.Perennialist curriculum focuses on ideas that have lasted through many generations.Perennialist education relies on the canon of books known as the classics, since they have the potential to solve problems in any era, and they are engaged in a Great Conversation with each other.
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