Jackson and I…

The other one, the one called Jackson has worked in education since 1970, in many schools and a university. He has been privileged to work with a very wide range of people, from 4 to 80 years, many children, many adults, many courses… I read in the sunlight on my summerhouse porch then tend vegetables. I know of him from the letters and emails he receives. I like playing with my grandchildren, constructing images and reading Borges. I chase froth on the beach with a large camera. He shares these preferences, but in a vain way that turns them into the attributes of an actor. I am quite aware of his custom of treating things he thinks of as precious. All things long to persist in their being. Years ago I tried to free myself from him and travelled in distant lands but all that is far way, playing those games with time and infinity. I shall now imagine other things. Thus my life, as all, is a flight to oblivion or to him.

with great apologies to Jorge Luis Borges and ‘Labyrinths’

Here lie a few of his previous activities. The highlighted are basically maths related:

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Now he specialises in rods and the subordination of teaching to learning or as some might say the elevation of learning above teaching…and also, the creation and operation of rich, motivating learning environments.

communication is possible….contact: drjax at ntlworld.com

rod man’s nightmare…

I feel frustrated, I feel thick, I just can’t see, nothing’s clear, the dark night of the soul, there’s something I just don’t see, I don’t get it, waiting for a flash of insight, can’t quite hold it in my mind, I’ve forgotten what I’m doing, can’t see a way forward, feel like going back to the beginning, puff and blow, I’ll write down what I do know…again, maybe I’ll sleep on it…you get the picture…

THIS IS NORMAL WHEN YOU ARE EXPLORING UNKNOWN TERRITORY

UNLESS YOU’RE LUCKY

awareness of skimmed milk…

I’m trying to reduce my calorie intake whilst still having optimum nutrition, but I am still in the learning process of ascertaining just what various quantities of foods look like in terms of kcalories. One can easily underestimate what one eats in a day…By measuring, just once, how much skimmed milk I like in tea, I now know that everytime I have a large mug of tea I use about 50ml of skimmed milk. I don’t have sugar now, so each large mug

COSTS 16kcal, not bad. I didn’t guess, I used this table:

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I have learnt something…hurray!!!

the symbol of infinity…

Norman Cantor notes the three roles Boniface played that made him “one of the truly outstanding creators of the first Europe, as the apostle of Germany, the reformer of the Frankish church, and the chief fomentor of the alliance between the papacy and the Caroligingan Family”. Well that’s as maybe , but people say that the first instance of the appearance of the sign for infinity was in St. Boniface’s cross…

I am doubtful.

here it is:

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and again, somewhat purified:

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I would say these are re-arrangements of arcs drawn by compass and not this:

Dekes-Techniques-103-infinity-symbolThis sign was first given its current mathematical meaning in “Arithmetica Infinitorum” (1655) by the British mathematician John Wallis (1616-1703).

Thanks John…

observing oneself…

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I wanted to do a ‘piece of research’ in which I attempted to ‘observe myself doing it.’ I have been interested in patterns in nature for many a year and thought I would drop ink droplets onto paper to see what patterns might emerge, if any. The following are 3 grabbed images of this research. I have used images here because it is necessary to maintain the complex formatting: read the first section, upper left. This shows how the original tape recording was transcribed and then thought about and re-thought about so to speak…

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a further piece some way in:

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When I had finished the whole experiment I made a series of knowledge claims which were quite extensive. Here’s a small example:

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Well, that’s what I did…

challenge: observe yourself making a cup of tea

(or similar)

gattegno buddhism and critical theory..ah well…

Gattegno maintained there were 4 stages in learning:

1. there is something to be explored

2. the exploration of this ‘field’

3. practice in this field leading to mastery

4. transfer of this knowledge to wider fields

The Four Noble Truths of Gotama Buddha, the cattari ariyasaccani are:

1. an unsatisfactory state exists

2. how this ‘suffering’ arises

3. how to end this ‘suffering’

4. the means by which this ‘suffering’ can be eliminated

In his book ‘The Idea of a Critical Theory’, Raymond Geuss describes a typical critical theory as being ‘ a transition from an initial state of bondage, delusion and frustration to a final state of freedom, knowledge and satisfaction.’ Further, he defines a typical critical theory as consisting of three parts:

1. the belief that a transition from the initial state to the final state is in fact possible

2. the demonstration that this is in fact necessary

3. this transition can come about if one follows the particular tenets of that critical theory.

Well, at least, Gattegno, the Buddha and Raymond Geuss have in common the idea that…

‘EMANCIPATION IS POSSIBLE’

but it is clearly not going to be a push-over

huatou: is it possible to change?