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    == Dialogue As Educational Principle ==
    == Dialogue As Educational Principle ==
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    There are several fundamental ideas a new school can be built on. One of them and the most promising, in our view, is dialogue. Dialogue theoretically and in practice proves to be a foundation for independent and critical thinking, creativity and responsibility.
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    There are several fundamental ideas a new school can be built on. The most promising, in our view, is dialogue. Dialogue theoretically and in practice proves to be a foundation for independent and critical thinking, creativity and responsibility.
    There are two "modes" of dialogue: dialogue as inner speech, which actually is thinking (Plato: "thought is the silent and inner conversation of the soul with itself") and dialogue  as free communication between humans.
    There are two "modes" of dialogue: dialogue as inner speech, which actually is thinking (Plato: "thought is the silent and inner conversation of the soul with itself") and dialogue  as free communication between humans.
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    Schematically that works as follows: If someone has to explain something not understood by another one, that requires to find a way to overcome misunderstanding which infers creativity.
     
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    The creativity is needed even more for the listener, who is trying to understand. If the listener is not just to remember what is explained but to understand, that requires to recreate the subject anew.
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    In short, that works as follows: If someone has to explain something not understood by another one, that requires to find a way to overcome misunderstanding which infers creativity.
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    Creativity, in turn, requires inside itself answers to not-so-evident questions, that is, presupposes independent thinking. One pulls another in. And if make a step back to the aim of the conversation when I need to understand what exactly you do not understand, we already in the realm of critical thinking. What is about responsibility. It is also here because while looking for the right argumentation I need to take upon myself responsibility for it. Actually, responsibility as such shows up in dialogue in several faces. Even in the very beginning I already am taking responsibility for my interlocutor or, otherwise, I would not even started!
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    The creativity is also needed for the listener, who is trying to understand. If the listener is not just to remember what is explained but to understand, that requires to recreate the subject anew.
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    All that said easily translates from pure explanation to discussion and from communication to thinking. In thinking I am responsible for myself to move from hypothesis to certainty, from fantasy to idea, from opinion to understanding. I need to be creative to come up with  these starting points and very critical about them and myself so that not to be satisfied with opinions, fantasies and hypotheses but proceed to understanding of the truth and reality.
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    Creativity, in turn, requires answers to not-so-evident questions, that is, requires independent thinking. One pulls another in. And if we make a step back to the goal of the conversation when I, who tries to explain something, need to understand what exactly you do not understand in my explanation, we already in the realm of critical thinking.
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    What about responsibility? It is also here because if I am looking for the right argumentation that means I took upon myself responsibility for it. Another face of responsibility shows up in the very beginning, it is for my interlocutor. If I haven't taken the responsibility for her I would not even started talking! Remember, we discuss free communication.
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    All that said easily translates from discussion to thinking. In thinking I am responsible for myself to move from hypothesis to certainty, from fantasy to idea, from opinion to understanding. I need to be creative to come up with  these starting points and very critical about them and myself so that not to be satisfied with opinions, fantasies and hypotheses but proceed to understanding of the truth and reality.
    That is why we take dialogue as the central idea and the core feature of UU.
    That is why we take dialogue as the central idea and the core feature of UU.
    In order to provide that we develop several unique features and are going to utilize many available tools developed by others and useful to this effect.
    In order to provide that we develop several unique features and are going to utilize many available tools developed by others and useful to this effect.
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    === The common features ===
    === The common features ===

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