Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Maybe nothing will come out of the idea of the 'pedagogy of harmony', or maybe I have at last found a worthy response to the idea of the pedagogy of the oppressed and even the pedagogy of hope. In any case, Matthias Melcher has teased out one fascinating strand, the idea that our exopectations make the difference between whether we are in harmony with the world of whether things sound a note of dissonance. It comes from an example offered by Laura Ritchie. Here's what she says: "The relationships of the notes, the ratios and intervals found within the natural harmonic series have not changed over the years, but the capabilities of reproducing the notes on manmade instruments has... What has also changed is our tolerance for adding new ideas to the conception of harmony." As we grow as individuals, as we grow as a society, we can become harmonious in new ways, by changing (and improving) our expectations.

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