Hats off to Neha and Susan for their work on conferences and group work. This leads to a question: where is the school?
Are they learning more by having to scramble for speakers and get people where they need to be, or in their courses? I don’t know. But they’re both building things that other people will use, break, and judge. Is the essay and the requisite work for such things enough: the little writing tasks that will be read by the teacher and marked on, the things that are stacking up in my office that noone wants to come by and grab?
Anticipation, planning, speaking, writing with the risk of laughter. Tough skills to get across in the arbitrary 15 week semester.
Where is the real school? What would William Blake say?
“The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil’s party without knowing it” (MH&H).