Making Students Knowledge Producers, Not Passive Consumers
How do you lift a poem out of history and "into your own history"?
The Nantucket Project, a festival of ideas on Nantucket, MA, is described by its founders as having reached version 2.0. What does that mean? Instead of this event existing as a mutual admiration society, founder Tom Scott says he wants the ideas that are planted as seeds on Nantucket to grow into actionable ideas.
One of the speakers that exemplified that maturation process this year is Harvard professor Lisa New. Inspired by a panel discussion at the 2012 Nantucket Project on MOOCs, New decided to develop a Harvardx American poetry course.
The course offers students the opportunity in a very hands-on way "to think through a poem," New says, which needs to be a very active process. The idea is to lift a poem out of history, New says, and "into your own history."
In a conversation with Big Think co-founder and CEO, Victoria Brown, New says that at the center of her course is conversation - between students, teachers and other experts - and these conversations are used to transform students "from passive consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge."
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.
- Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
- Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
- Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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