May 01 2014

Well, how droll. Everyday I read comments and posts on BlogHer.com with one sided facts, allowing no accommodation for opposing points of view.

There seems to be no recognition that other spiritual beings may have experienced a side of the universe unknown to the posting authors. In fact, many BlogHers post their thoughts, while turning quickly to “take their toys and go home,” when a reader offers conflicting knowledge.

As long as Comments and congruently related BlogHer posts are aligned in like thinking, the “X’s” for kisses and “O’s” for hugs flow like virtual slaps on backs at an “old boy’s club.” But, let a reader offer a challenging Comment or information from an opposing, but equally defensible stand, and suddenly childish name calling and faddish labels such as “pseudoscience” seek to banish the offender to “from whence they came.”

This lack of interactive embracing  is ill advised, as every known fact in the world has varying points of view and ways to support it. And, no one, not even one BlogHer, knows everything, including the discoveries that will be made tomorrow.

Anyone with a real thirst for learning wants to hear it all, warts and all, to add to their knowledge bases. Some new facts will be stored for future reference while others may be discarded or put “on hold,” for validation. But, intelligent people want to listen and learn from those coming from a different place, walking a different path. How else, in the world, does one learn something new? If BlogHers only interact with those who think like they do, the knowledge gained quickly lessens, but worse still, their interaction becomes like a cult.

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Yes, it’s true! If BlogHers adhere to one view, affirming only slight variations of the same theme, the group becomes a cult. Cults restrict ideas, limiting thought and expression to a selected version of tenets. In cults, people consider themselves educated, even though they mindlessly parrot the collective thoughts of the group. If one conforms to the group’s collective beliefs, they are rewarded. If one speaks up with a diverse contribution, they are shunned. BlogHer was never meant to funnel thinking down into a space no wider than a computer screen. No! The BlogHer community was built to be like a Chavruta. You know, the partnership in learning that is the cornerstone of Jewish education.

Chavruta Style Learning in Grade 2

For years too numerous to count, Jews worldwide have maintain that knowledge cannot be learned in isolation. Knowledge is to be presented, discussed and even argued to the betterment of all that participate. It is the only way to see the other side of the mountain. And, it is practiced from the youngest in elementary school to the highly learned at the Yeshiva Universities. Each person in the discussion, which is often carried out in pairs, is respected for their interpretative offerings of text and tradition.

 

Advance Chavruta (or Chavrusa) Learning

Wikipedia shares that, “In contrast to conventional classroom learning, in which a teacher lectures to the student and the student repeats the information back in tests, chavruta-style learning challenges the student to analyze and explain the material, point out the errors in his partner’s reasoning, and question and sharpen each other’s ideas, often arriving at entirely new insights of the meaning of the text.”

“A chavruta helps a student keep his mind focused on the learning, sharpen his reasoning powers, develop his thoughts into words, organize his thoughts into logical arguments, and understand another person’s viewpoint.” The entry continues, “Chavruta-style learning tends to be loud and animated. In the heat of discussion, they may even wave their hands, pound the table, or shout at each other.” For the full entry, go here.

 

Many BlogHers take co-ed attendance for
granted, Yentl must attend as a male
student. Notice the chavruta in this clip.

I am left to wonder how such educated and so called articulate BlogHer-ians can be so collectively ignorant. How can intelligent minds believe the truth is determined by how many people believe it? How can they think if they gather and rally in like-ignorance, thronging their numbers into the streets, that somehow an ultimate consensus of “common sense” can be reached? Critically thinking minds recognize the world is replete with burgeoning knowledge, ever changing and accumulating.

The advancement of learning, by its nature, forever requires reassessment and evaluation, which only can be achieved if everyone in the BlogHer community contributes their share of ideas, while extending respect in our Chavruta or partnership.

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Feb 22 2012

Selling cookies and buying calendars while working
on the Child Labor Badge.

What a celebration was Valentine’s Day, 2012. Cupid’s friend arrows were flying, dinner plans were being made and cozy evenings at home were chosen to replace high priced restaurant fare. But, the biggest thing all day for me, this Girl Scout from the 1960s, was earning another badge for my virtual badge sash.

As a Girl Scout, we worked and worked on earning a series of decorative embroidered patches, fulfilling sequential requirements as we went along. Don’t tell anybody, but all my Girl Scouting was many years ago. Habit and training die hard, however, and I still have a Pavlov’s dog response to the mention of a badge to be earned.

So, imagine my delight when a badge award was announced on BlogHer by Laine “Crazy Eyeris” Griffin. I was all over reading that post, like a chicken on a June bug. I couldn’t have been happier when I saw my blog and web site named. The green square of a Versatile Blogger Award, the one I have often gazed upon on Laine’s web site, Laine’s List, was now mine. I patted myself on the back and yelled, “Yippy Ya HOO!” while doing a happy dance.

It turns out, by going to the Versatile Blogger web site, that when one receives the award, one then has to give it away. Laine had received it from MJ Monaghan and was honor bound to re-award the award, carrying it’s influence into ever widening circles.

With award night being Valentine’s Day and so much happening all at once, my attentions were spread thin.  I am just now thanking Laine for the sweet honor of the beautiful spring green, Versatile Blogger Award. I can’t wait to see it on the right hand side of Sunbonnet Smart and I can’t wait until all of BlogHer starts kissing up to me, hoping, praying, that I will choose each of them for my round of Versatile Blogger Award bestowal.

So, get the comments started ladies and Souschef. Wine me. Dine me. Dazzle me and frazzle me with all of your ingratiating appeals. Ring my royal ear and fairy dust my Sparkles. I can’t wait to see you grovel.

BTW, ElaineR.N., don’t worry! You’re in!

And! If you want to make your own badges to inspire, motivate and control your friends, go to this really cool web site that seems to have all the information one needs to set up your own badges!

Alright! Now we don’t HAVE to be nice to people to win one of their badges. We can make our own!

Oh wait…I shouldn’t have included that link….

Too late now….

NaBloPoMo February 2012



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Sep 18 2010

With whom do you live communally?
That’s who’s family to you.

It’s fashionable now to take about, “redefining the family,” as family groups now are more popularly acknowledged to include more than just a mother, father and kids. But families have always existed that didn’t fit that rigid paradigm. People have been forming families for mutual interdependence and community for years that answer to what’s now been “redefined.” Life is full of surprises and what we can count on today, we might not have tomorrow. The same with our families. Things ebb and flow. There will be gains and losses, but Sunbonnet Smart will be here to give you attention whenever you drop by. We’re family to you!

Pirates have a family on board each ship.

So, whether you have a large family or a small one, or whether it’s just you and Sunbonnet Smart, let’s get together on the Internet to blog, to chit and to chat. Holidays especially. We’ll keep the light on for you, tea in the pot and cookies in the oven!



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