By Sherry Shapiro
Operating in the quite new standpoint at the physique as a area of serious praxis, Shapiro lays the basis for the idea and perform of a somatically orientated serious pedagogy.
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Implied is a way of thinking that is anchored in one’s everyday life and made sense of through the process of giving meaning to sensate-lived experiences. Through a process of “sensual reasoning” one becomes actively engaged in refusing the mind and body separation. Reasoning as an ability to critically situate oneself in an historical and social grounding runs in opposition to modern societies that have adopted a paradigmatic model of thinking based in abstraction and rationality. Audre Lorde (Weiler, 1991) questions the depth of any critical understanding that is not rooted in the examination of what one has experienced and lived in concrete ways, in one’s own body; it calls for a materialistic conception of experience.
At the core of the social-interventionist approach to curricular knowledge is the notion of cultural literacy. Its central concern is not the accumulation of discrete skills or the segmented topics of sub-oriented schooling, but broad apprehension of the social/cultural formation which structures our everyday world. In this sense the curriculum is concerned with the connection of human practices among and between the moral/cultural, the political, the economic, the religious, the artistic and literary, and elsewhere.