John Dewey wrote: “We cannot change habit directly: The notion is magic. But we can change it indirectly by modifying conditions…” Does this sound familiar?…Read More
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This paper on Habit and the Means-Whereby Principle was edited by doctoral student, Tara Fenamore. It’s the first in a series of two thoughtful articles on habit, the means-whereby principle and John Dewey’s thoughts on conduct.Read More
We love that this paper provides clear examples of the influence Alexander had on Dewey’s revolutionary ideas. It also highlights aspects of his philosophy that remain overlooked even today…Read More
Imagine, if you will, a classroom full of children. These children are not 4 or 5; these children are 10 and 12, 14 and 16; and they aren’t just engaged in activities but paying attention to themselves in a way that has virtually never happened in a public school classroom. Their teacher is likewise concerned not just with what they are learning but with the quality of how they engage in their activities, because she (or he) has an awareness of the child’s whole system and appreciates that it is the true foundation for whatever the child does. This is a truly enlightened approach to education that takes into account the child’s emotional, intellectual, and psychophysical development, encouraging the fullest development of the child and not simply focusing on end-goals and accomplishments…Read More
The human design is the result of billions of years of evolution. Although the modifications leading to humans can be understood as the result of incremental changes taking place through natural selection, the Darwinian model cannot fully explain the design systems that emerge as a result of this process, such as upright posture, vision, and consciousness…Read More
The human body functions as a complex psychophysical whole, and understanding this system requires a knowledge of how it is designed for movement, how action is produced, and how to gain greater awareness and control of this system in action…Read More