As I Revise ENGL 1301

As I revise my ENGL 1301 syllabus (my online class is making me think think think before I do anything), I keep two qoutes in mind:

Only through education does one come to be dissatisfied with his own knowledge, and only through teaching others does one come to realize the uncomfortable inadequacy of his knowledge. Being dissatisfied with his own knowledge, one then realizes that the trouble lies with himself, and realizing the uncomfortable inadequacy of his knowledge one then feels stimulated to improve himself. Therefore, it is said, “the processes of teaching and learning stimulate one another.”  — Confucius, ca. 500 BCE

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. — Thomas Carlyle, 19th century Scottish essayist and historian

I have a lot of work to do…


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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2 Responses to As I Revise ENGL 1301

  1. Opps… that was me, not CD

  2. Hmmm… maybe this is why they say ignorance is bliss?

    Seriously, it does seem to me that, if you keep the “new 3 Rs” in mind, they all point toward a desire to be comfortable with one’s own knowledge.

    According to Confucius, this very basic human desire becomes antithetical to education.

    Thinking this through… most likely off base

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