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The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation
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He went on to discover that people who were sufficiently motivated could teach themselves better and faster than anyone could teach them; and he came to the conclusion that the problem with education was that it creates a “hierarchy of unequal intelligence,” assuming and convincing the student that the teacher is “smarter” than the students, and that they need his “explications” to learn, thus undercutting their confidence and capacity to learn on their own.
Rancierre’s conceit is delicious, but a convincing emancipatory politics it does not make. I know that I learned very little at school, before I got to college; I generally already knew what I was being “taught” by my own readings before the teacher got to that, and so my time in the classroom was mostly wasted.
From this postulate, Jacotot devised a philosophy and a method for what he called “intellectual emancipation”—a method that would allow, for instance, illiterate parents to themselves teach their children how to read. The results of this unusual experiment in pedagogy led him to announce that all people were equally intelligent. But is it always practical? Philosophy of Education in Continental Philosophy.
Not through mere individual freedom, surely. Emancipatory Master The explicator, “having thrown a veil of ignorance over everything that is to be learned, he appoints himself to the task of lifting it” Nuyen – – Journal of Thought The emancipatory master, on the other hand, teaches students only that he has nothing to teach them.
If anything, this seems like a great book for parents. Which, leaving aside those who are actually retarded because of some problem with the brain, I think is at least approximately true. Charles Bingham – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 3: Feb 01, Stefan Szczelkun rated it it was amazing.
When a student internalizes the teacher’s claim “I don’t disagree, I misunderstand”that is part of stultification. Goele Cornelissen – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 Apr 05, Maughn Gregory rated it really liked it Shelves: At the same time, however, the book is hopeful and potentially revolutionary insofar as emancipation is always possible — at least intellectually — because every human being has the capacity to realize his or her capacity for intelligence by submitting his will to rationality.
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Theory and Texts of Educational Policy: Without practising an attitude of intellectual equality there is no chance of achieving an widely democratic and society of equals without exception. Truth, therefore, cannot be expressed in language but must rather be grasped or felt in spite of its inadequacies.
Reflecting on this, Jacotot decided that while the students had learned, it was not clear if or how he had taught them. In other words, learning is emancipation, at least when it occurs via universal teaching. This page was last edited on 27 Juneat As he says elsewhere, everyone is equally intelligent or we are differently intelligent, or all intelligent in our own ways. In terms of a revolutionary perspective the focus on equality of intelligence might seem a little off point to many socialists with so much material deprivation and an increasing gap in our relative wealth.
Both tend to explicate instead of liberate, according to Rancierre. Jacotot set up an experiemtal school in Louvain and most of the book involves Ranciere recounting the various results and observations made on the basis of this experiment at intellectual emancipation, and its eventual reception by the wider society and the educational establishment. Badiou and the Ignorant Schoolmaster. Knowing no Flemish, Jacotot found himself able to teach in French to Flemish students who knew no French; knowledge, Jacotot This extraordinary book can be read on several levels.
The wonderful premise of this book gets mired in an ultimately incoherent and unconvincing thesis. From this postulate, Jacotot devised a philosophy and a method for what he called “intellectual emancipation”—a method that would allow, for instance, illiterate parents to themselves teach their children how to read. You can teach what you do not know. Quotes from The Ignorant Scho Knowing no Flemish, Jacotot found himself able to teach in French to Flemish students who knew no French; knowledge, Jacotot concluded, was not necessary to teach, nor explication necessary to learn.
And his students learned painting and piano. The basic gist that stood out for me is the idea of a kind of equality that one takes as a presupposition to start from rather than as a goal to be worked towards. Gert Biesta – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 30 2: