Monday, November 21st, 2005
This is a basic pedagogical problem. Teaching is not really a job, or anyway, it ought to be compensated on Equity or SAG scale — the people who do that job are actors. The ones who communicate their enthusiasms model how to make thoroughness and lively interest come naturally. The indifferent ones euthanize their subjects. I imagine there are some subjects impervious to drill-n-kill, and I’m pretty sure I “came to poetry” via a French teacher who was outright hostile to verse and claimed to teach it only to meet the requirements of the AP exam. Ne’ertheless, I keep wondering what if even just ten percent of poetry MFA recipients taught high school English. Would all these post-rational neo-Slovenian wandering souls have an effect on teaching itself? would the day to day requirements of focusing a group’s attention change the poets’ work for the better? Most importantly, would we get to see hot young actors and actresses playing poets (link) in inspiring films? Anyway.