Fight the acedia!

Posted on October 26, 2020


One of my math tweeople shared this historical gem about “acedia” — a certain flavor of anxious listlessness. From it:

Evagrius of Pontus included acedia among the eight trains of thought that needed to be overcome by devout Christians. Among these, acedia was considered the most insidious. It attacked only after monks had conquered the sins of gluttony, fornication, avarice, sadness, anger, vainglory, and pride.

Alas, it literally got lost in translation to Latin and is now “sloth,” which isn’t the same (well, except when it is). Hmmm. I do appreciate the idea that it’s something to be *conquered,* tho’ it’s smile and eyeroll at the association with falling asleep while reading with a DEADLY SIN.

Reading _Failure to Disrupt_ and _Antiracism and Universal Design for Learing_ at the same time is truly frustrating. I want them to enmesh. I want to find people and build connections. It should be possible and I’ve got lots of matches to keep lighting but not finding the kindling to get somethign really burning. Today’s discussion — hopefully I won’t forget ! — is led by Dan Meyer , Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, who was a “subject matter expert” some years ago in an adult ed OER project I was in, and who impressed me when he *listened* to us and had ideas, but stated out front that he really didn’t know our world. This being unlike other SMEs (also with Stanford on their CV) who were there to convince us their products would solve our problems.

Oh, and Equity Unbound. That too. I hate being a spectator — but yes, that conference I’ve paid for. (Illinois Council Teachers of Mathematics opened its little conference on the weekend, I forgot about it and you have to pay them $35 to be member and see the stuff. A: I do *not* want the assault that will follow for the other monies NCTM will want, especially after the twitter snarkfest from on of their educelebs, and b: I’d rather support organizations making a real effort to be inclusive. )

But time to get into things…