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After watching a few videos of writers analysing the movie Parasite, I wondered if the field of education might need a deconstructionist movement.

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The video above is one of a few that I consumed after I watched Parasite. The movie was excellent, but I did not know just how good it was until YouTubers like NerdWriter filled in blanks.

It takes specialist knowledge, deep understanding, and a critical eye to spot concepts and patterns. The ability to unpack applies to screenwriting as much as it does to problem solving in any field.

More progressive forms of schooling might have embraced constructivist notions (e.g., social negotiation of knowledge by peer teaching) and constructionist ideas (e.g., hands-on iterating by coding). But I wonder if the ability to pick apart and critically analyse (deconstruct) before creating something new with those pieces (reconstruct) hold more value now.

After all, there is hardly any idea that is truly new. We are simply repackaging what others before us have created or repackaged. There is a value in acknowledging one’s history and respecting the work of others if we learn first to deconstruct.

Facilitating night classes is exhausting. One way I energise is to laugh.

Taika Waititi’s movies make me laugh.

Waititi is very clever. How do I know? He takes terrible topics like Nazism and Hitler, and tells a story from a child’s perspective.

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In another video, he revealed that he was inspired by accounts of children during the Bosnian war.

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In a cleverer move, the production group relied on an Internet meme to promote the trailer and the movie.

I cannot wait to watch this one!

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This needs to be said: No one should assume that movies depict teachers and teaching accurately.

No one should learn from movie depictions of the same, except to critique said depictions. All that said, there are two truths about such representations:

  1. Movies often do not show how teachers decompress. This is mirrors life and is boring or ugly, so viewers seeking entertainment might reject it.
  2. The best teachers listen first, listen again, and listen some more, before offering anything of substance.

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If you are honest (and funny) about Facebook lookback videos, what would you say?

Perhaps something like the video above. But not as funny.

Or a lot more tragic. Like the video below.

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It does not take much to create opportunities for some critical thinking.

It might help to bring in a context shared by all your learners. It might also help to use a funny video.

Not all will identify with the father’s loss of his son. Not all with appreciate the humour. But most, if not all, will react to the emotion.

If we want our learners to think, we must get them to feel first.


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