Kin Projects, Organizations, Sources

University of Masters

The University of Masters: Professor-led authorial education. This can take many forms but amounts to the same thing: The University of Masters. Master (in a medieval sense -- e.g., professor-expert) defines the nature of education for their students (apprentices): what is education, what to study, how to study, with whom, where, when, how to assess their students, when to stop to study, when to expel a student, when and how to reward and punish a student, and so on. Master is an acclaimed virtuoso-practitioner and authorial educator. Here are examples of such Masters: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, Dmitry Bykov, Mikhail Bakhtin, Vladimir Bibler, Cornel West, Barbara Rogoff, Jean Lave, Richard Feynman, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Martin Duberman, Ira Shor, Alexander Lobok, and so on. Students (apprentices) usually voluntarily, but unconditionally, submit themselves to their Master for the Master’s demands. The Master rules: “My way or the highway!” Students can make suggestions but it is up to the Master to accept or reject them. Sometimes Masters may organize themselves in loose guilds for coordination, sharing resources, and mutual support, which, however, usually do not limit their pedagogical and practical authorship and creativity.

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  • Plato. (1961). Meno. Cambridge, UK: University Press.
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  • Duberman, M. B. (2009). Black Mountain: An exploration in community. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
  • Rogers, C. R. (1994) As a teacher, can I be myself? (Ch. 4, pp. 41-68). In Rogers, C. R., & Freiberg, H. J., Freedom to learn. New York: Merrill and Maxwell Macmillan International.
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  • Grant, G., & Riesman, D. (1978). The perpetual dream: Reform and experiment in the American college. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Shor, I. (1996). When students have power: Negotiating authority in a critical pedagogy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (fragment or article)
  • Phillips, C. (2002). Socrates café: A fresh taste of philosophy. New York: W.W. Norton.
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