National Dunce Day
Dunce is a negative association that has been made with the dunce cap. Its history and association with it have led to its meaning being interpreted as a person who is stupid or slow-witted. This cap was used by scholars and academics when it was first created.
John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan priest and scholar hailing from Duns in Scotland, is believed to be the inventor of the “dunce cap”. In the mind of its creator, the idea behind the tall, pointed hat was to inspire wisdom. This may be what inspired the association of wizards and pointy hats!
Duns’ followers were known as “Duns men”, which in turn led to the term “dunce”. Duns had a major impact on modern thought, and was an important voice in Europe during the middle ages.
However, John Duns Scotus’ religious and philosophical theories were very popular in his lifetime in the 1200s and 1300s. They lost popularity in the 1500s when they were replaced by more humanistic views. The pointy hat was a sign of shame and negative connotations. Teachers would use it to humiliate children who didn’t perform well in school or weren’t acting correctly.
National Dunce Day, observed on November 8, coincides with John Duns Scotus’s death.
These ideas will help you celebrate National Dunce Day.
John Duns Scotus may have been right when he believed that wisdom would flow more easily through the brain if it was covered in a tall, pointed hat. Take National Dunce Day to test this theory, and have fun wearing a tall, pointedy hat. You can also tell people that you are a wizard by wearing a tall, pointed hat!
To celebrate National Dunce Day, invite a group of friends, family members, or coworkers to host a party. Optional: Dunce hats may be worn as part of the event’s costume. You might also be able to read some of John Duns Scotus’s writings.
Cookies can be made in the form of triangles to make graduation caps or dunce caps. You could entertain the guests by watching a classic film with all-star dunces like Dumb and Dumber or Raising Arizona.
Don’t let National Dunce Day bring you down. Do the opposite of being a fool and learn something new. You can find many resources at your local library that will allow you to learn and educate. You can watch a documentary or jump onto YouTube to learn a new skill or learn historical information.