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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Višnovský, Emil

Ed. by Bianchi, Gabriel / Hrubec, Marek / Tartaglia, James


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Volume 22, Issue 2

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Symbols of harm, literacies of hope

Roy Fox
  • Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, College of Education, University of Missouri, 303 Townsend Hall, Columbia, MO, 65203, USA
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Published Online: 2012-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0021-4

Abstract

The author argues that our best hope for addressing world problems (from climate change to violence, to poverty) is to teach critical thinking through the study of language and all symbol systems. This means removing disciplinary boundaries so that we can focus more effectively on solving common problems. Human survival also depends upon our critical analysis of electronic media and our wise uses of technology. Critical thinking via all symbol systems is more likely to generate humane actions. Therefore, education—not governments or armies or institutions or private corporations—is our best hope.

Keywords: curriculum integration; symbols; thinking; media

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Published Online: 2012-03-20

Published in Print: 2012-04-01


Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 22, Issue 2, Pages 256–262, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0021-4.

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