Humanities for Wisdom
Welcome Back Matadors
Welcome back to a new year, and to our class website—the new 2015-2016 school year is upon us. Let us hope for another great year with many things learned from last year. We Matadors are still rallying behind the new Common Core strategies school-wide to improve writing across the curriculum and reinforcing the FOUR C’s [critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity]. We will be working more on the AVID: THE WRITE PATH again, and our created product will be the interactive student notebooks. We will also be working more on the idea that Everyone is Living History. Students will be interviewing relatives and family members to learn more about their own context to understand space, place, and time in California; and the larger world. Our Social Contract is also in effect just like last year, and we will be practicing those philosophies in school. All Sierra Vista Junior High School [SVJHS] departments are raising the bar for a much more rigorous academic culture. We like to think of these trends at the junior high school level as a scholarly institutional path for our young scholars to be getting ready for high school in two years and university in six. These are many great new challenges for everyone who wants to be a life-long learner. Please utilize this site as a resource as much as you can in class and at home. We will be referring back to this site each week. Please let’s have all our Baldwin Park families work together to make a great learning community at SVJHS this year too, and learn many important ideas for everyone’s future! We’re making history!
Everyone is living history
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Philosophie: Salon Center
Everyone of us is living history. We all have a story to tell and the ancestors that came before us that carved a way for us to become a new member of civilization. We also are learning that we are all related genetically and culturally in the family of humanity. All people’s past becomes part of all of us, and will always be completely intertwined with the entire world community.
From time to time we will have some ideas from words that give us wisdom about our world. Writers are some of the most insightful people that understand our modern and ancient world quite well. Feel free to read, think, comment on these ideas. It seems that some of the students would like to debate issues of government, economics, and history. This can be a forum for this idea. Also if you would like to do formal debates in class we need to prepare debate rule and procedures. This can be a start and then we can decide if we will proceed to bring the debates in class on topics we study. Please follow our classroom rules if you decided to write on the blog. Make sure that you ask questions, and be helpful, and mature in all your interactions. This can be a helpful way for you to share what you have learned and what you want to learn, or just share ideas. Also just submit an idea through an email, or web contact, and we can maybe add the idea. Send a picture with the suggestion for the classes. Thank you.
Photos above left to right: The Solon, by Raphael was a depiction of the place where ideas were discussed and debated. Greek democracy in the public sphere. Here is the philosopher Seneca talking to Nero-Claudius Cesar Drusus Germanicus [Roman Emperor 54-68 BCE]- about society,law, politics, ethics and morality. Anthem for the doomed!
Students can also decide to add a topic that can be approved and monitored by Mr.C. Please be responsible and follow the social contract. You can share ideas and questions on your now topics about our class. Friends can help each other study with their devices. Please only students, but fell free to share the forum communications with your family. This can be a source for all students.