PLEASE NOTE:This page is to provide an introduction and contact information.All class handouts and assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.All essay assignments and papers will be submitted via Turnitin.com.Ms. Nicola MinchilloWorld History 9 & 10
The Waking Mind (Philosophy Elective)Contact Information for Parents:Quick Reference for Students:firstname.lastname@example.org 303office 3N9 (down the hall from 303)Expectations about Office Hours:Conferences are on a first come first serve basis.The sign-up sheet is posted on the cork board outside my classroom for two weeks at a time.Sign-ups:
- MUST be done in person--first check the schedule and sign up for ONE 15 minute slot, then verify with me that you will be coming.
- MUST be during a common free period. (You cannot skip, be late to, or get out of another class.)
- MUST write your legible FULL name and grade.
If we do not have a common free, please talk to me before or after class to discuss scheduling.Welcome to History HQ!"In the mountains of truth you will never climb in vain:
either you will get up higher today or
you will exercise your strength so as to be able to
get up higher tomorrow."
-Friedrich Nietzche, in Human, All to Human
Welcome, young grasshoppers!
Hola a los nuevos estudiantes!
Bienvenue, jeunes étudiants!Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, the pace of change and the speed of the spread of knowledge has steadily, and rapidly increased. In the past two decades, new archaeological, anthropological, and scientific discoveries have continued to shape and shift our understanding of the past and the present, and in some instances our future paths. And access to this knowledge, as well as all the theories and opinions about about it, is perpetually and immediately at our fingertipsIn addition, current events seem to rapidly change our perspectives of the past and the present, as peoples and nations seek to direct their futures. Even the questions we ask of ourselves and of history seem to be adjusting and changing as we work our way through the overwhelming story of the human experience in a complex, global, competitive world.
Having said this, we must reevaluate the purposes of history and philosophy in the 21st century. Being recepticals of knowledge is neither realistic nor pragmatic, as technology has changed our relationship with information. In addition, how we use that technology to be find, receive and even create information not only shapes and defines who we are, but also shapes and defines our collective future. So, I would like to ask you to approach our journey together as more of an exploration and training process, than of a series of fact acquisitions for assessments and grades.Yes, your grade is important and is a reflection of your individual hard work and talent. However, finding your personal footing in this complex world and strengthening your critical thinking skills are what will carry you through life. History and philosophy, innately are subjects that focus on developing both of these. Through independent and collaborative research and abstract problem solving, discussion and analysis of multiple perspectives, reflection on ideas and experiences, and encounters with different cultures and human beings, wisdom is acquired.
I say all this to emphasis my philosophy as a teacher. I believe that we have a responsibility to those who came before us to become knowledgeable about the past and evaluate both the inspiring strides and painful missteps of the human race. I also believe that both older and younger generations have a responsibility to work together to harness our collective wisdom, knowledge, creativity and skills to ensure a just, cooperative, and peaceful future for all. I see this as my responsibility as a teacher and as a citizen--a citizen on the local, national and global level. For me, history and philosophy reflects the record of the human experience, and when understood and critically evaluated they are the best tools to help us choose how to improve upon the legacy that we have inherited from generations past. Be it the sacrifice of service, the valor of an open mind, the responsibility of ethical scientific progress, or the humility of empathy and compassion, we all contribute to the progress of the human race.
I welcome you to my classroom and look forward to an exciting and fruitful year! 祦