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Favorite Online Mistakes & Democracy Fri Aug 28 2pmET


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TLT Group's soft re-re-opening FRIDAY  Aug28 2020 via Zoom. 

You're welcome to login as early as 1:30pm ET

Schedule (Might defer parts III or IV to Sept)

I.     2pmET  Welcome Back

II.    Favorite Online Mistakes

From YOUR experience:  Mistakes (and advice) for first sessions of online courses
How NOT lead teachers, students, parents to avoid future online education options?

A. Generally

B. Under covid pandemic condition

C. Helpful recommendations, resources?

Reactions to  or

III.  Crisis, Self-Deception, and Online Education

"Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" - Alfred North Whitehead [1]

“Necessity is the mother of self-deception” - Steven W. Gilbert [2]

We are all susceptible to wishful thinking and self- deception. It can result from external pressures and self- doubt. It can lead either to rash action or to passivity – especially when making major technology decisions in difficult times.

We want to believe that the most immediately available and easily conceived forms of online education can support looming school and college re-openings.

Who has the time and courage to question? Prepare for anything short of full success?

IV. Self-Deception and Democracy

“Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization” Maria Popova, [3]

“No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”

V.  2:45pmET  What should we do next to be helpful? 

Sept 2 and/or 9?  (Note:  Sept 5 = Labor Day)

VI.  3pmET  “Afterthoughts”   


[1] “The Aims of Education,” part 4, “Technical Education and Its Relation to Science and Literature,”  Classicial Selections on Great Issues Volume IX, Education: Ends and Means, By Julius A. Sigler, Copyright 1997 by Lynchburg College, University Press of America, p. 140

[2] [First published as TLT-SWG-70: 4/3/03]

[3] Maria Popova, “Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization” in “Brain Pickings”

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