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The Four Forms of Knowledge and Formats for Teaching Each Kind

Everything that can be taught, learned, and stored (in language, music, painting, sculpture, and other representative media) is one or another of four forms of knowledge---

1.   Concepts:  the cognitive (thinking) organization of reality into categories, or kinds of things that share certain similarities. The class of housecats.  The class of things that have it pretty easy, laying around and licking themselves. The class of felines. The class of mammals. The class of animals.  The class of living beings.

2.   Facts:  statements (subject-predicate) about the features of individual things that are examples of concepts. Everything is an example of one, usually more than one, concept---at the very least, the concept of “thing.”  “James Madison was the fourth president.”  He was in the class of presidents as well as a member (example) of the class of things that wear pants, things that ride horses, things that write amendments, things that are male, etc.

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Waking Dream

Waking Dream

I have been trying vainly to figure out what’s the story with Edland. Consider some puzzling features that require figuring out.

1.The core words in the argot of Edland (Edubabble), by which Edlanders conduct business (of transforming their words into countless materials, programs, and activities), are meaningless. They have no empirical referent; you look but nothing is there.

Learning styles.  [No such thing.]

Multiple intelligences.  [Another word for talents.]

Holistic.  [Whatever you want it to mean.]

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