What does Spider-Man bring to education?

I love superheroes. They are beacons of light for humanity, they are smart, strong and fast. They were so awesome that I skipped school to watch animated cartoon at 9 am. I wanted to fly like Superman or drive batmobile like Batman. They are idols everyone wants to be. Spider-Man is someone else. In my humble opinion, he was the first superhero students could relate to and learn valuable everyday lessons. So, as my last blogpost, I want to talk what makes Spider-Man relatable and how does it affect education.

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Basically, what we see here is transformation from teenager into adult. That’s the point what modern school system misses in education. The point when a youngster wants to become adult, when privileges of adult life outshine everyday routine. Shy and quiet Peter Parker is representation of average teenager, whereas confident, bold and confident Spider-Man is Peter’s way of portraying adult. He even called himself Spider-MAN, not Spider-BOY. At first, when he got his powers, he used them for selfish benefits. He earned money from wrestling matches, got closer with a girl he loved and beat hooligans who bullied him. That what Peter was thinking of adult life, being independent, free of control and consequences. Eventually, after people he cared about died because of his fault, he understood value of making the right move, value of heroism and responsibility. That he needs to appreciate himself and people around him. The moment he understood what being grown-up is, he realizes that with great power, comes great responsibility.

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Genius idea behind Spider-Man is that we all can see ourselves as a hero under this mask. However, true hero is not a mask or a costume, it’s a person wearing them. Peter Parker’s lesson to all students is that they must be prepared for adulthood, be responsible for people around them and find moment of pleasure and peace in everyday life.

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Who is your favorite superhero and what did you learn from him?

Thank you

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9 thoughts on “What does Spider-Man bring to education?

  1. You have raised an interesting topic, Sapar! Spider-Man and other superheroes from comic books can serve as really useful tools in helping youngsters better understand some moral and ethical issues. Even some professors could use them in their philosophy or psychology classes to discuss ready-made examples and situations! Personally, in spite of the fact that I am a university student, not a school student, I understand any topic much better only after examples, no matter whether it is an application of the mathematical formula, the use of variables in quantitative research or an instruction for the development of communicative skills. After the theory I need examples. I guess students need the same – a story-example to feel and to define what is good and what is bad, but in a real life.

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  2. You know, with the help of your post, Sapar, I began analyzing “Spider man” cartoon as something real (if you don’t mind that I call it cartoon). You have destroyed and demystified my thoughts about it, because earlier it was just one more cartoon for me.
    As for my favourite superhero, I am not interested in such things and don’t even watch these cartoons and movies. However, If I had a chance to be one of them, I would choose a Superman. Why? Because I am afraid of height. I feel terrible when I look out the window of the twenty first floor or fly by plane. I have a mess in my head. It is something obscure. So, being a Superman can give me an opportunity to overcome my fear.

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  3. Though I have never been interested in superheros from movies, I always had some kind of superhero in my imagination and from historical books. And I have never thought that there is a such interesting philosophy (meaning) behind this character. I will watch this movie, it seems to be interesting).So thank you Sapar for raising my awareness about it.

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  4. Sapar, thank you for your creative and meaningful post. These cartoons about superherous become the trend of our society, the youngsters use it everywhere, starting from their page on social networking to decorating their own room with posters of Marvel or DC superheroes. So what if we use it on education? I guess it will be helpful to raise children’s awareness on real messages of these superheroes. My and my little brother’s favourite superhero is Iron Man, in his movies he shows how to be creative,how to be a true leader, how to be a real team where everybody can support each other. I think the global perspectives of education dictate these superheroes as an example of courage, freedom and bravery.

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  5. Sapar, what a great topic! I’m not a big fan of comics and I’ve never considered this character as a role model and plot of this story always kept me staying skeptic at idolizing comic superheroes:), except one moment when his uncle spoke about responsibility right before his death. Your made me recollect that. I adore that process when you start the story with the hero/heroine, progress with them thoughout the film/book and witness his/her development at the culmniation and reach something like “an universal understanding” at the end. In my opinion, this is what a creativity at any form exists for – it should teach us something, make us become aware of failures and misperceptions at the examples of characters – thus, it becomes meaningful.
    As for my heroes, I can surely say, I’m surrounded by myriads of them – public, historical figures, musicians, my friends, my first employer (the best school director and leader I’ve ever seen in my life, a perfect medium of fortitude and kindness, I couldn’t consider anyone equal to her since then!), everyone who is standing by me, my beloved sister, our professors, our cohort. Everyone who inspires me to be better is my hero. If somenone makes me try to be patient, another one encourages me to be more ambitious and be more confident. Yet one superhero that deserves a special appreciation is my Dad, who despite hardships, ills of life was able to preserve his kindness, steady principles, and constancy to his one love and children. This is something I’m happy and honoured to observe.

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  6. Inspiring post! I think it is easy for adults to dismiss comics and cartoons as childish or even a waste of time, but you make a good case for their value in socializing and inspiring young people. Your post would be more effective with some proofreading…

    drive __ batmobile like Batma (article)
    I want to talk what makes Spider-Man relatable and how does it affect education. (this is an indirect question, so you can omit the auxiliary verb, and conjugate the verb “affect”)
    Basically, what we see here is ___ transformation from teenager into adult. (article)
    Peter Parker is ___ representation of average teenager, (article)
    Spider-Man is Peter’s way of portraying __ adult. (article)
    That ___ what Peter was thinking… (auxiliary verb)

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  7. Your idea is very interesting. However, When I watch this cartoon I see Superman as a person who fights with difficulties with a great pleasure: he is passionate about finding creative approaches to win his enemy, he is passionate about attacking new problems. From this point, as a learner, I can gain a valuable example from him: I can learn to attack all the finals with a great enthusiasm and enjoy the process of attaching and preparing for attacks with a great pleasure instead of whining and doing them without seeing its plus points for me because difficulties never finish. But you can transfer difficulties into something positive and useful for you as Superman does it.
    However, I cannot agree with this point: they are idols everyone wants to be (De Rivera, 2018). But if it is true, I have already answered you question that you asked.
    In general, very impressive and remembering post!

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  8. I have never thought about superheroes in such way, neither have I related them to myself. You kind of scratched below the surface allowing us to look at comics superheroes from different perspective. From what you say, it seems these pieces of literature can be incorporated into language lessons. Students will get a change to learn about good and evil along with developing their language competences. Here is an article on the matter, in case you are interested. http://faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton/Norton%20&%20Toohey%20(2004)%20-%20Norton%20&%20Vanderheyden%20-%20Comic%20book%20culture.pdf

    As for my favourite superhero, it is Wonder Woman, not only because she has the same name as I do, but also because she is a symbol of individual strength of character and a belief into humanity.

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  9. Sapar, your post in one of the most interesting ones as usual. As some of the commenters of this post, I have never thought that superheroes might be useful in education. Honestly, I haven’t been interested in them at all. My opinion is that teachers might use them in their classes to make children involved in lesson, since nowadays almost all children watch cartoons or movies with superheroes and have their favorite ones as you do.
    As for me, I don’t have my superhero!

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