Praxis. Eudaimonia. Arete. Kairos.
These classical principles applied to, in, and for the 21st-century is what PEAKxSchool is all about.
Praxis describes a process by which a theory, lesson, idea, or skill is enacted, practices, applied, or realized. Aristotle further refined this to its components; ethics, economics, and politics.
Eudaimonia refers the the happiness that results from a life well-lived, that is to say, the attainment of holistic well-being and virtue.
Arete is a term that refers to the cultivation of excellence of any kind. It is used to describe the path that one takes as they seek their highest potential.
Kairos is defined as an opportune or timely moment to present an idea, opinion, or petition.
“What is the ‘x’ for?”, you may wonder.
It represents EXperiential, EXceptional, EXhilarating, EXpressive, EXpansive.
It also is used to capture the notion of ‘ex-school’, as in ‘away from‘, ‘out of‘, and ‘moving forth from‘ dated assumptions about what education is and is not. Many in the 21st-century movement have realized that the industrial model and objectives of 20th-century education are outdated and we must ‘unlearn’ many of those practices and pedagogies.
“So, I tried to do a kind of semantic clarification in which praxis—if not on the thither side of this divide—was perhaps somehow between the theoretical and the practical as they are generally understood…Of course, it must be understood that praxis, as I understand it, is always entwined with communication.”