Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Socratic Seminar: Bushi, Jedi, Seth Code

Socratic Seminar Purpose: What do the Bushi (Samurai), Jedi, and Seth Codes teach us about Virtues? 
  • What are Virtues and what can we learn from cultures that live by a Code of Conduct?
  • How do the Jedi and Bushi codes of conduct compare and contrast with each other?
  • The development of virtues to guild thinking and actions are more important or less important today? 

Socratic Seminars promote thinking, meaning making, and the ability to debate, use evidence, and build on one another’s thinking. When well designed and implemented, the seminar provides an active role for every student, engages students in complex thinking about rich content, and teaches students discussion skills.

One format for the Socratic seminar is as follows: 

Procedure 1. The teacher selects a significant piece of text or collection of short texts related to the current focus of study. This may be an excerpt from a book or an article from a magazine, journal, or newspaper. It might also be a poem, short story, or personal memoir. The text needs to be rich with possibilities for diverse points of view. 

2. The teacher or facilitator develops an open-ended, provocative question as the starting point for the seminar discussion. The question should be worded to elicit differing perspectives and complex thinking. Participants may also generate questions to discuss. 

3. Participants prepare for the seminar by reading the chosen piece of text in an active manner that helps them build background knowledge for participation in the discussion. The completion of the pre-seminar task is the participant’s “ticket” to participate in the seminar. The pre-seminar assignment could easily incorporate work on reading strategies. For example, participants might be asked to read the article in advance and to “text code” by underlining important information, putting questions marks by segments they wonder about, and exclamation points next to parts that surprise them. 

4. Once the seminar begins, all participants should be involved and should make sure others in the group are drawn into the discussion. 

5. The seminar leader begins the discussion with the open-ended question designed to provoke inquiry and diverse perspectives. Inner circle participants may choose to move to a different question if the group agrees, or the facilitator may pose follow-up questions. 

6. The discussion proceeds until the seminar leader calls time. At that time, the group debriefs their process; if using a fishbowl (see below), the outer circle members give their feedback sheets to the inner group participants. 

7. If using a fishbowl, the seminar leader may allow participants in the outer circle to add comments or questions they thought of while the discussion was in progress.

Socratic Seminar: Bushi, Jedi, Seth Code Background Research 

The Sith Code 
The Sith Code, as written by Sorzus Syn[1] and taught by Darth Bane:[2]
  • Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
  • Through passion, I gain strength.
  • Through strength, I gain power.
  • Through power, I gain victory.
  • Through victory, my chains are broken.
  • The Force shall free me.

Jedi Mantra

  • Emotion, yet peace.
  • Ignorance, yet knowledge.
  • Passion, yet serenity.
  • Chaos, yet harmony.
  • Death, yet the Force.

The refined version established by Odan-Urr and transcribed by Homonix Rectonia during the Early Manderon Period was perhaps the best known:

  • There is no emotion, there is peace.
  • There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
  • There is no passion, there is serenity.
  • (There is no chaos, there is harmony.)(*)
  • There is no death, there is the Force.—
  • The Jedi Code (Based on the meditations of Odan-Urr)

[PDF] What is a Jedi? Extensive 200-page document on warrior code, Bushi (Samurai), Jedi, Seth Code.

[PDF]The Bushido Code: The Eight Virtues of the Samurai - USC US-China ...
The Bushido Code: The Eight Virtues of the Samurai. Tim Clark. A Brief History of the Samurai. The word samurai originally meant “one who serves,” and ...

[PDF]bushido: the soul of japan -
by I NITOBÉ - ‎1904 - ‎Cited by 29 - ‎Related articlesBushido, then, is the code of moral principles which the knights were required or instructed to observe. It is not a written code; at best it consists of a few maxims.

[PDF]Bushido (Chivalry) and the Traditional Japanese Moral Education
by N Sonda - ‎2007 - ‎Cited by 6 - ‎Related articlesthe revival of such traditional values and thoughts; Bushido seemed to be an ... Bushido is not just acode of ethics for samurai warriors but rather a moral.

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