By Samuel Chen
A block-wide power outage did not stop an eager audience gathering for the Possible’s Slow Fuse with Dr. Michael Ling on Sept 25th, 2019. The topic: A Modestly Immodest Proposal for Teacher Education.
It was great to see such a great turn-out with a mix of faculty and grad-students.
Dr. Ling opened with a quote from Alfred North Whitehead “There is only one subject matter for education, and that is life in all its manifestations.” He explained that the session would be a synthesis of ideas about teacher education from his time in PDP instruction and working with Faculty Associates. His proposal would be drawing from 3 domains including Evolutionary Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Personal Experience.
He then proceeded to the whiteboard drawing some patterns horizontally and asked the audience what they meant. We readily identified that it was a sequence of numbers. He then drew some more symbols intersecting the sequence vertically and asked us what the middle symbol meant, which now could be read as a ‘B’.