Teaching and the Meaning of Professional Dispositions in Education
Section Two: Imagination, Joy, and Wisdom
s e c t i o n t w o Imagination, Joy, and W isdom c h a p t e r f i v e The Joy of Educating jed hopkins e d u c at i o n ’ s j oy One of the disturbing features of modern life is that we live in times in which it is no longer possible to know what to expect of the future based on what we now know of the past. All we can be sure of is that the future will not be much like the past we have known, and because historical time is constantly accelerating, it is a future that will arrive ever more quickly. The disorientation this causes, the disorientation that comes from living modernity’s form of life, can become so intense and perplexing that we find it hard to contain our anxieties. We panic. It is time to initiate a public discussion on what it means to be human, and how reflection on this question can guide us in determining what kind of futures we want for ourselves. (kompridis, 2009, p. 23) “Experience leads, to that openness to experience that is set free by experience itself.” (gadamer, 1989, p. 339) The new beginning inherent in birth can make itself felt in the world only because the newcomer possesses the capacity of beginning something anew, that is, of acting. (arendt, 1958, p. 9) 96 | jed hopkins “ t h e j oy o f c o...
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