Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering Chapter 5: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes. Next week we will be reading Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163). Summary My eyes went over the second half of the chapter, but I didn’t really take anything in. So I need to go back through the chapter. In this chapter, Taylor gives a couple … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Self-Discipline – Simply Convivial

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My entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club. Finally. I’ve not had a “brain in gear” week, unfortunately. Perhaps my post will prove that. I decided to limit myself to one thought to ensure I stay coherent. Plus, I want to leave myself enough time to make the rounds to everyone else’s posts. :) I was most stung by the quote Taylor included by the Headmaster of a school founded on the principles of poetic knowledge to his “head boys”: … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 6, part 1 – Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163). Next week we will finish the chapter. Summary The Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas in the 70s consisted of 200 freshman and sophomore students listening in on a 3-way, unrehearsed, real conversation between 3 professors (rather than lectures), small-group discussions, learning poetry & Latin & … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 6, part 2 – Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 6, part 2: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (conversation transcript). Next week we will begin chapter 7, which Cindy has said is THE pull-it-all-together chapter that makes the whole book worthwhile. I have so far found the whole book worthwhile, so I’m excited to delve into chapter 7. We will read pages 167-178. Summary This is a transcript … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Conversations – Simply Convivial

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This is my entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club. The application of chapter 6 being on the primary place of conversation — both listened to (rather than lecture) and taking part in (small group) — resonated with me. I instantly connected with experiences I had had and so tried to then apply that forward to making sure they happen for my children. My Experiences Eavesdropping. I was an eavesdropper as a child. I learned a lot through finding an … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 7, part 1: The Future of Poetic Knowledge – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 7, part 1: The Future of Poetic Knowledge, pages 167-178. Next week we will finish the book! The week after that I will post one more link-up post if anyone wants to do a big-picture overview, follow another rabbit trail, or wrap up applications. Thank you, everyone who has participated, both the faithful and the sporadic. This has been a … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Poetic Experience – Simply Convivial

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Click here for all the entries in the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. So, as I said, I am not giving up or feeling guilty over my air conditioning (may the day come when I need to turn it on!) or my dishwasher (which is currently swishing in the background), but I did understand his point. So, I am going to go through a few of his applications and work through what they might look like for us, particularly. Gymnastic Experience … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 7, The Last Chapter – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 7, part 2: The Future of Poetic Knowledge, pages 178-the end. This is the last week of reading, and next week I will get up one last book club linky for you to go on any last rabbit trails you might still have banging around in your head, waiting to get out through your fingers. I know I have one. … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Applications – Simply Convivial

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The draft is finished! Here we go! I’m ready for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. Evaluation It seems to me that the Charlotte Mason/Ambleside/Brandy way of doing exams fully meets Taylor’s idea of assessment being done in context of conversation and relationship rather than analytic and numerical testing. I am working out my own outlines to help this exam process actually happen next year. On the other hand, as the teacher attuned to my students’ whole lives, I’m always assessing … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Contentiousness – Simply Convivial

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My thoughts to contribute to the Poetic Knowledge Book Club: The IHP professors were fond of paraphrasing a statement of Cardinal Newman’s that while it is possible to train youth in the rigors of formal philosophy, what one often gets as a result, without the prior humanizing of the poetic mode, are disputatious young students, not unlike Bitzer, the prize pupil of Gradgrind, who knew on command all the facts about a horse but did not know what a horse … Read More

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