Spring SAVY 2018, Day 1- Truth vs. Perception (5th/6th)
Hello from SAVY’s Spring 2018 course on Truth vs. Perception! We started out class with basic introductions, a little icebreaker, concept mapping, and setting guidelines for the group. (It spoke to the advanced nature of the class to see the students recommend “no hypocrisy” for our list of rules.)
We began our discussion of material by defining cliches. We talked through what cliches are, in what contexts they are used and why, and to what extent they are true. After examining a couple of examples of cliches, we ended up debating the truth to the cliche “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. To explore this idea further, we watched “Eye of the Beholder” (an episode of the Twilight Zone available on Netflix) and unpacked the ideas of being ‘beautiful’/normal/conforming and being ‘ugly’/different/’deformed’. We ended the conversation pondering why we value ‘beauty’, different types of beauty (interior/exterior), and how we collectively define beauty.
To wrap up the class, students journaled about one thing that they know to be absolutely true for them, how they know that thing is true, and whether that thing is true for everyone. Students have been tasked to think, over the course of their upcoming week, about the things they feel and know to be absolutely true in their lives. They will bring their examples ready for us to begin our discussion of absolute/relative truth on Saturday.
Dr. Jill Anderson