Martin Robinson

Trivium 21c

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    Often referred to as false dichotomies, these choices are very much part of modern educational discourse and have become ever more urgent due to the perception that widening access to knowledge has completely changed what and how we should educate our young people.
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    Nowadays, education is almost wholly a ticket into the world of work.
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    For my daughter, independence – an ability to understand and find solutions – would seem to be a good thing, and I would like her to love learning for its own sake.
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    The trivium is a way of learning rather than just the what of learning.
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    How do we want our children to be when they leave school: open to possibilities or closed to follow one path?
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    Can you have a good class in a bad school
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    Can our schools be establishments that embrace complexity and uncertainty
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    Plato used the word ‘dialectic’ to describe the ultimate part of the process that leads us to ‘the truth’ – rediscovering the true, universal essence (for example, the perfect redness of red, the perfect horseness of horse).
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    At root, the three words – dialectic, logic, and logos – are quite different and carry very discrete power.
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    He thought he was the wisest man in Athens, not because he knew everything but because of his self-confessed ignorance, which, paradoxically, was a very wise thing to realize.
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    At school, I was rebellious and questioned the whole chaotic system that had tried to impose a facade of order. Now, as a parent, I have to consider: do I want my daughter to be happy and accepting, passively absorbing knowledge as its torrents flow over her, or do I want her to have a rebelliousness that rejects the old with the ‘shock of the new’?
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    Grammarians can make the rules, dialecticians can make the kids think, and rhetoricians can help the kids communicate well.”
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    The first group were the grammarians, who were like parents; the second type were the dialecticians, who were the Wild Things; and the third type were the rhetoricians, who were like priests, politicians, and the people in adverts.’
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    I tell her we are going way back in time to follow the tangled history of the three different types of teacher: the grammarians, the dialecticians, and the rhetoricians.
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    If grammar is represented by the Athenian state, dialectic by Socrates, and rhetoric by citizenship and the future of the community, how can the trivium become a mantra that makes sense today?
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    Without purpose, education, like rhetoric, can be empty.
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    Should it be to serve the common good, or should it enable someone to live a good life?
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    The killing of Socrates is our metaphor for the battle at the heart of the trivium, the conflict between grammar and dialectic; it is the dichotomy, as Mount points out, between traditionalist and progressive educationalists, which is still relevant to this day.
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    We have the art of grammar, learning about the way things were or are; which is challenged by dialectic, questioning the way things were or are; and communicated through the art of rhetoric, showing how things could be.
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    Zeno used questioning in a way that seemed to reduce everything to the level of the absurd
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