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Re: How to establish an environment that calls out the most and the best of everyone

From:

Alon Serper <[log in to unmask]>

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Practitioner-Researcher <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 18 May 2011 21:00:38 +0100

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Cynthia,

I related in my thesis and my dialectical AR tool ontology, the  
science of human existence pragmatically to therapy, catharsis,  
well-being and ontological security.  I approach human existence  
through the human-all-too-human - that transcends race, ethnicity,  
gender or age - aspiration and need to lead a life of greater  
fulfilment, well-being, meaning and ontological security (thesis) and  
less pain, angst, insecurity, frustration, void, exclusion and  
alienation (anti-thesis).

I love Fanon and have a postdoc interest in postcolonialism and  
Critical Race Theory and education for democracy, equality, inclusion  
and pluralism.  I am working very hard now promoting my tool to fight  
racism and discrimination and the understanding of their roots that I  
myself regard as severe ontological insecurity, weakness and  
complexities 'complexes' om the part of the racist.  I came up with a  
slogan to the anti- racism campaign: 'It is not you, it is me'.  I  
hope it highlights my view of racism as a severe case of ontological  
insecurity and misery on the part of the racist.  He/she needs to feel  
superior and secure through discriminating the so-called  
'other/different'.  Of course, the more he/she does so, the more  
insecure, miserable and weak he/she becomes.

I do hope you can read my thesis and relate it to your Fanon and CRT  
aspired work.

I am looking forward to it.  Alon

Quoting Jack Whitehead <[log in to unmask]>:

> Dear All - Cynthia is having some problems posting to the list and   
> has just asked me if I would post the following message:
> 5-16-11
> Dear Jack:
>
> Thank you for keeping me included in the discussions which I feel   
> are very enlightening.
> While in the midst of driving home from traffic yesterday I realized  
>  Alon raises an important issue concerning epistemology before   
> ontology…I went back to page 64 of my dissertation D.O.O.R.S. OF   
> CHANGE: CAPACITY BUILDING TO DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION (2009) which  
>  discusses ontology:
>
> “Four research paradigms are recognized in scientific inquiry. They   
> are positivism, postpositivism, critical thinking and   
> constructivism. These paradigms are classified according to   
> ontology, epistemology and methodology. According to Guba (1990)   
> ontology encompasses the nature of reality. Epistemology involves   
> the characteristics of the relationship between the researcher and   
> the item researched. Methodology refers to the manner in which the   
> researcher find out knowledge (Guba, 1990).”
>
> Alon Seper’s theory is what I would label as Backwards Design Living  
>  Theory or Living Educational Theory which now makes sense to me. I   
> plan to read Alon’s thesis and hope to further understand his   
> viewpoint, which I believe I support as an African American educator  
>  because what do you do if the ontological beliefs of a person or   
> group of people are distorted?
>
> Let me explain, I am a left-handed person. Years ago I studied the   
> Arabic language which reads right to left, where the English   
> language reads left to right.  The right to left Arabic language   
> reading seemed natural to me because I probably have left-spatial   
> orientation as a left-handed person.  I also studied calligraphy and  
>  had to for the first time use my right hand because the wet ink   
> would smear if I used my left hand. (The left-handed pens did not   
> work for me).
>
> So let us call ontology before epistemology the Left to Right theory  
>  and epistemology before ontology that Alon brings up the Backwards   
> Design Living Theory or Living Educational Theory.
>
> Another way of looking at what I call the Backwards Design Living   
> Theory  or (BDLT or BDLET) is to examine racism and the Critical   
> Race Theory (CRT).  From CRT or Fanon’s theorectical perspective   
> “Blackness” needs to be defined in terms of the “Black people” not   
> the dominant group because the dominant group viewpoint is different  
>  and favors their ontological beliefs…particularly in matters of  
> law.   From the CRT perspective Black people are no longer viewed as  
> the  problem with racism. The CRT viewpoint is the problem with  
> racism  stems from the dominant group which needs to change their   
> perspective, their legal policies and ontological beliefs to end   
> racism.  Therefore, you may disagree with this, however, the   
> Backwards Design Living Theory or the epistemology before ontology   
> theory makes sense to me.
>
> Cynthia Cozette Lee, Ed.D. 215-971-3684-cell
>
>
> Love Jack.

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