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Jen Nelson
Jen Nelson • 1 year ago

Teaching Teachers in a Learning Garden: Two Metaphors by Veronica Gaylie University of British Columbia Introduction There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.grow wild according to thy nature…let the thunder rumble…take shelter under the cloud…Enjoy the land, but own it not. (Henry David Thoreau, From Walden) How does eco-centred teacher education promote ecol

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The first edition of Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau.

This replica of Thoreau's self-built cabin stands near the parking lot at Walden.

Thoreau was born at this Minott House on Virginia Road on July 12, 1817. "Although he lived on the farm for only a short time, it provided both inspiration and subject matter for his writings. ...The picture they draw of life on Virginia Road provides a glimpse into early 19th-century Concord farm life as well as into the mind of Thoreau." (Thoreau Farm blog)

A peek into Thoreau's transcendentalist philosophy and social critique. His life in the woods wasn't just a silly experiment; he wanted to show people how chasing after the trivialities of life -- comfort, material things, etc. -- isn't satisfying. Life is meant for more.

Thoreau was curious to know how deep Walden Pond really was. "It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it." So, he surveyed it himself, an action which, of course, was accompanied by a philosophical reflection: "What if all ponds were shallow? Would it not react on the minds of men? I am thankful that this pond was made deep and pure for a symbol. While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless."

"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, how ever measured or far away." (Walden-- Where I Lived, and What I Lived For)

Great to use for teaching irony :) with Thoreau...Walden turned commercial enterprise...he must be rolling in his grave!

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