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Life Experiences and Educational Sensibilities

Life Experiences and Educational Sensibilities Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 137­163 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Jay Schulkin The human adventure in education is one of imperfect expression, punctuated by moments of insight. Education cultivates these epiphanies and nurtures their possible continuation. But even without major or minor insights, education cultivates the appreciation of the good, the beautiful, and the true. An experimentalist's sensibility lies amid the humanist's grasp of the myriad ways of trying to understand our existence. To bridge discourse is to appreciate the languages of other cultures, which reveal the nuances of life and experience. 1. Introduction An education which does not begin by evoking initiative and end by encouraging it must be wrong. For its whole aim is the production of active wisdom. ­ Alfred North Whitehead, Aims of Education To accept and, ultimately, understand evolving conceptions of ourselves and our human past, present, and uncertain future, we need to be educated. No one blueprint should or need by proposed, except that at the heart, there should be some sense of being experimental, self-corrective, and kind to others. Reason needs to be demythologized, and placed in instrumental and incremental units (e.g. Simon 1962, 1982). Underlying all forms http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Life Experiences and Educational Sensibilities

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 6 (2): 137 – Apr 21, 2009

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© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000120
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 137­163 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Jay Schulkin The human adventure in education is one of imperfect expression, punctuated by moments of insight. Education cultivates these epiphanies and nurtures their possible continuation. But even without major or minor insights, education cultivates the appreciation of the good, the beautiful, and the true. An experimentalist's sensibility lies amid the humanist's grasp of the myriad ways of trying to understand our existence. To bridge discourse is to appreciate the languages of other cultures, which reveal the nuances of life and experience. 1. Introduction An education which does not begin by evoking initiative and end by encouraging it must be wrong. For its whole aim is the production of active wisdom. ­ Alfred North Whitehead, Aims of Education To accept and, ultimately, understand evolving conceptions of ourselves and our human past, present, and uncertain future, we need to be educated. No one blueprint should or need by proposed, except that at the heart, there should be some sense of being experimental, self-corrective, and kind to others. Reason needs to be demythologized, and placed in instrumental and incremental units (e.g. Simon 1962, 1982). Underlying all forms

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Published: Apr 21, 2009

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