The Gift of Allegory


GODZILLA.

Forty-nine versions of the film exist. Each one as newly interpretive as the next. In most of the films, Godzilla faces another creature. In the rest, beast vs. man.

I gave Elaine (yeah…Never Summer co-brain, Elaine) the 2014 Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe version of Godzilla for Christmas. At the time of this post she doesn’t know it yet, so…

If you have followed us on Twitter, you have noticed an occasional #Godzilla or #UnleashGodzilla. We use them to remind ourselves of our mission. Our mission to wreak havoc on EdWorld. Our mission to spew metaphorical fire and destroy the old to make way for the new…in a good way, of course. (We are very nice people)godzilla-2014-pic

The allegory continues…

On the back of the DVD jacket lies the film’s synopsis:

This spectacular adventure pits Godzilla, the world’s most famous monster, against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our existence.

Interesting…

If we game changers are Godzilla and EdWorld are the creatures, is using the terms ‘malevolent’, ‘arrogant’, and ‘threatening to our existence’ too extreme? Perhaps a little. But EdWorld is in definite need of a Godzilla-like…uh…intervention.

Whether it’s Godzilla or any other superhuman creature, the end of the film almost always involves the human characters realizing their traditional weapons are of little to no value when defending the city and destroying the enemy. EdWorld must stop teaching students using traditional methods and upgrade its pedagogical weaponry. We must take a deeper look at what drives and what motivates students. It’s kinda like using Kryptonite…for good that is, not evil.

Students are telling us loud and clear, “Stop wasting our time!” They are bored in school because there is little meaning in what they are receiving. We give them content they don’t need and ask them to apply it in ways that aren’t useful. If our end goal is to create answer givers, we are on the right track. If our end goal is to create problem solvers, we have some work to do.

Elaine wrote a great article on this. Be on the lookout for it to be posted soon.

Godzilla1954In the original 1954 version of Godzilla (titled Gojira) Professor Yammi realizes in the end that there may be many more Godzilla-like creatures at the bottom of the ocean. Lurking…waiting…ready to emerge if disrupted.

The time to disrupt has arrived. We’re gearing up for an epic, Godzilla-like showdown. Join us!

#UnleashGodzilla