Jon Avery

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Dr. Jon Avery is a retired lecturer in philosophy and religious studies from Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky and a former secretary-treasurer of the American Association of the Advancement of Core Curriculum. He is also a co-author of Towards a Spiritual Humanism (1991) and a co-editor of Ways of Knowing: Selected Readings (Kendall Hunt 2000).

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Analysis of Book One
Scene: 1990s American college core curriculum class in philosophy.
Players: Professor and students
Professor: Today I would like us to analyze the first book of Plato’s Republic. First of all, what does the title of the book suggest about the content of the book?
student: The book is  probably about representative government.
Professor : Not exactly, but the English word "Republic"…

The Usefulness of Plato’s Republic to the Philosopher
The topic of this essay is the practical application of reading Plato's Republic in the life and work of the philosopher. At issue is the extent to which any of the  ideas in Plato 's  Republic can help a person become a better philosopher. A philosopher is a lover of wisdom whose role…

Another way to teach students to think critically is to have them do a lot of writing. Three professors from BYU, who have team­-taught a writing and reasoning course for several years, have concluded that writing and thinking skills should be taught together. "For us, reasoning and writing should be taught together because, at their fullest, they amount to the…

The obligation to teach students how to think effectively has been an important educational objective for several decades. "One of the teacher's greatest responsibilities is to cultivate in students the ability to think clearly and correctly.[1] Thinking skills are even more important today than in the past because of the rapid increase of knowledge and the speed with which knowledge…

The Issue of Multiculturalism
Plato's Republic is under fire right now. Stanford University's core curriculum students are no longer required to read Plato's Republic because it represents "anti-assimilationist movements"1 (Stone 1989, 362). A core curriculum is that required part of the undergraduate curriculum that transmits the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that any well-educated person should possess, regardless of future work.…