Monday, September 22, 2008

Thoughts on Teaching

The September 21, 2008, issue of The New York Times Magazine, the College Issue, focuses on teaching. Especially good is the lead piece by Mark Edmundson, “Geek Lessons.” Here are a few quotes:

Why are good teachers strange, uncool, offbeat? Because really good teaching is about not seeing the world the way that everyone else does.

Good teachers know that now, in what’s called the civilized world, the great enemy of knowledge isn’t ignorance, though ignorance will do in a pinch. The great enemy of knowledge is knowingness.

… a college education is about more than acquiring negotiable skills and knowledge. It’s also about figuring out who you are and what you bring to the world.

The issue (and more) is available from: