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  1. Cheryl Floyd

    Forms of Moral Pedagogy

    "We need to adopt forms of moral pedagogy that are faithful to the ancient and true vocation of the teacher -- to make persons into mature and whole human beings, able to stand face to face with the truth about themselves and others, while desiring to correct their faults and to emulate goodness and truth wherever it is found." - Vigen Guroian, Tending the Heart of Virtue That phrase, forms of moral pedagogy, struck me. Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching - the art. Forms that are faithful to the ancient and true vocation of the teacher? - Forms that make our children into mature and whole human beings. Make as in form, like play-dough, fashion. So as my own children's teacher I am responsible for shaping them morally and academically with math and with myth. "Able to stand face to face with truth and themselves and others." In this podcast, On the Importance of Adequacy,, Andrew Kern makes this statement towards the end about the need for children to perceive reality and not fight against it. That is a tough battle. I am finding I am surrounded by the desire to be more than average, normal, mediocre, or sub-par. And I don't mean any of these terms in the negative. There is nothing wrong with being average. But everyone wants to be olympian. I am an average singer, a slightly above average student, a sub-par cook. I can continue to hone my singing skills, but I will never make the cut of The Voice, let alone win the show. So what! In this YouTube, Facebook world, it is a battle our children will have to face to be average and not seek out attention by trying to be something they are not. Fairy Tales and myths often start with average or less-than-average people who have to face extraordinary circumstances with virtue and character. Moral virtue and spiritual character can belong to anyone whether then have talent or physical beauty. Guroian explains about Belle in Beauty and the Beast that because of her great character, she could perceive the excellence of the man inside the monster. I'm trying to recover my own sense of wonder and character through Faerie. How do you in-form young students with these ideas? What practices do you use?
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