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Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education

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Comparison in 8 points: Tolkien, Lewis – Rowling/ Lord of the Rings, Narnia – Harry Potter

Write a 8-10 narrative paragraph starting with the following words:

 

And Harry Potter stepped into the labyrinth for yet another magic adventure.

 

The above exercise was given at the English olympiad as the final subject to be made (VI).

 

What was my reaction? Of joy? Sadly (or gladly), not. Because, at the doors of the educational system, it is not to be made Alohomora for Harry Potter. 

Why? The arguments are of spiritual nature. In my opinion, the “Harry Potter” series ar not “anti-christian” stories and J.K.Rowling didn’t have “evil intentions” writing it. 

 

But there are some themes which I do not agree (making abstraction of the “magical setting” of the books):

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Desire for a Full Table…. and an Empty Chair

"Van Gogh's chair", 1888

How does a full table look like? Well, probably it doesn’t look in a single way…. besides it has it’s own shape, color and, generally, an unique appearance, the table is a furniture piece on which you can put any kind of object that doesn’t break it. On the dining room table you can put food, on the office table you can put your writing machine, on the workshop table you can put your tools, on the table next to the couch you can put your legs, and on the school table you can put your manuals and notebooks, and if you don’t like that particular class, you can put your head, but I wouldn’t advise you doing so: you can lose essential knowledge.

But how would an empty table look?………………………………………………………………………………..

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