“We need mental cereal to nourish fresh thinking vectors for normative foundationalist-empiricist instrumentalism” Phillip Trellop in ‘Wazzochism: A Collision of Post-Modern Educational Spheres’
Wazzochism to be granted special educational status in recognition of its profound cultural impact
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The origins of Wazzochism lie in Cornwall in the mid-nineteenth century among a community of teaching scholars who emigrated from London to St. Ives. Initially drawn there by the “amazing blue of the sea and stunning blue of the sky” (see ‘Memoirs of a Wazzochist’ Barrington, 1924) they became heavily influenced by the perceived wisdom of local Wesleyan preachers, tin miners and crab fishermen. A local schoolmistress showed them the writings of the German philosopher-priest Wapp who proposed the term ‘androgogy’ in 1831. Showing the lucid perception that set them apart as arguably the greatest educational theorists west of Menheniot, they pointed out that the Greek derivation somewhat contradicted the actual practice and thus framed their revolutionary proposal of setting teaching theory on a sound empirical basis.
The etymology of Wazzockist is shrouded in the mists of time, most scholars agree it is a corruption of the Cornish slang for ‘one who commands’ (Willis, 1961) or ‘one who talks’ (Edmonds, 1962). The newly-arrived teachers often heard the locals using it and decided to adopt it as their own, although as the movement spread the spelling was altered by the metropolitan educational elite to ‘Whassochæsm’ to suit Victorian sensibilities (Willis, 1961). In this text, we will retain the root form of Wazzochism. Note that it was not until 1978 that the Society for Educational Wazzochism and the Society for the Advancement of Whassochæsm, finally united under the uncomfortable compromise of the Wassochist Educational Trust. With the formation of the WET an enterprise wing was founded to raise funds from the sale of merchandise and resources such as WET textbooks, WET software, WET stationary, WET t-shirts etc. The proceeds are disbursed by a committee dedicated to ‘furthering educational research and impact informed by WET thinking’.