Oct 4, 2006

busy

Let's see...

1. Getting the Mazda out of the shop, not yet fixed. Alternator bad, maybe, or water pump, nobody knows, not even Mazda of North America. It's fun to be driven to school in the shuttle, dropped off near the buses. I note the changing of the seasons by the different drivers.

2. Researching the new LD topic. Two hours or so, tonight, at the Evergreen State College Library with whoever shows up from the team.

3. Figuring out how to condense Apocalypse Now into two 55-minute periods. Should I cut the part where the cow--the real cow--gets it? Should I let them know that it's a real cow?

4. Introducing utter novices to the minutiae of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Trying to parse values and criteria, contentions and subpoints, cards and blocks, philosophies and ethical systems. How would you explain deontology to a 9th-grader?

5. Blogging. Always blogging.

5 comments:

TeacherRefPoet said...

I never taught deontology well.

Jim Anderson said...

Must... resist... urge... to pun...

thetachyix said...

As an overwhelming simplification, my philosophy professor (a quite rambly deontologist himself) summarized it like this:

"Before you take an action, imagine a world where everyone would take the same action you are considering. Is the world a better or worse place for it?"

The confusion sets in when the world is actually the same place afterwards.

TeacherRefPoet said...

Am I an idiot because I don't see the pun? Or is it just early?

Jim Anderson said...

The pun is implicit. It involves a famed German philosopher.