I think you're comparing apples and oranges here.
It's not a question of comparison. How Burning Man compares
to education isn't really what we're attempting to look at here. Integration
is the issue. What principles and practices can we take from Burning Man and integrate them into a holistic approach to education. Why, and how?
This again? That concept is only "fundamental" to the culture of Burning Man only as a means of labeling certain people "participants" and others only "spectators." It's a burnier-than-thou concept. Otherwise, the distinction is completely faulty.
I couldn't disagree more. The 'concept' of spectator vs. participant forms the foundation of the Principles
of the event (especially the ninth) written by the founder of the event. Now, there is the argument that we each get to define our own burn, but now I'm talking specifically about what the guy who created the event and developed the identity of TTID has said:
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that trans-formative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
That, I would say is a concept fundamental
to the event. Of course, it can be used
to label others in a "burnier-than-thou" fashion, but I don't think that's what Larry had in mind when he wrote that.
Another thing I think is important when dealing with fundamental values
is to keep in mind the paradox
. Fundamental sets of values, theories and dogma usually have paradox all over the place. Understanding, or at least rcognizing the paradoxes inherent in the ideas that drive our behavior and compose belief systems can reveal a great deal of insight into many areas, education being one.
Captain Goddammit wrote:I hope writing posts that long and tedious are very therapeutic for the authors.
Therapeutic? I can only speak for myself but I find that sometimes
engaging in conversations that require writing long and tedious
responses, and then the reading of long and tedious
responses that challenge my point of view are, well challenging and mentally stimulating.
Some people watch documentaries and some people watch football. There's plenty of other threads around that are full of short, concise and easily comprehend-able conversations. Maybe educational philosophy just isn't for you, but I do appreciate your extensive knowledge when it comes to cars.