The secret of genius

Let’s learn, then, near those poets who have been adorned with the title genius. It is they who will betray to us the secret of that imposing word. The secret of genius is that of universal teaching: learning, repeating, imitating, translating, taking apart, putting back together. Ranciere, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, p.68. Which is to say, genius amounts… Continue reading The secret of genius

Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster

Notes on ch.1: An Intellectual Adventure For interest and brevity, let’s summarise the sections of the chapter in a sentence each. I’m not explicating here (a term to be defined below); I’m giving myself a “command” to learn. Intro (1-4): Joseph Jacotot (1870-1840) wound up teaching French in Flemish-speaking Belgium, but he didn’t know Flemish, and… Continue reading Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster

Summer Reading Group: The Ignorant Schoolmaster

I’m running a reading group with a colleague at Macquarie, reading Jacques Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster. For me, I’m interested in pursuing the way that the structure of education provides a diagnosis of the state of society – Rancière’s interest being, of course, in the presupposition of equality (or inequality) in the learning & teaching relationship.… Continue reading Summer Reading Group: The Ignorant Schoolmaster

Notes for a project on Education

In The Republic, Plato puts the dyad of work and education at the heart of social life. The principal of efficiency in work provides the division of labour, and the question of social renewal turns that division into the question of education. What shall we teach, to what end, and to whom? And for Plato, these… Continue reading Notes for a project on Education