Archive for June 20th, 2009

Flowering of knowledge

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Hibiscus: turns out this genus also includes cacao and cotton, plus baobobs. Who knew? (Which is to say, my ignorance is boundless.)

Jennifer Steinhauer’s NYTimes article on Ray Bradbury includes this quote:

I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money.

He makes a good point: the knowledge is there in the library. What the university offers, I think, is interpretation and intellectual motivation. At least for some.

I agree with Bradbury that “The Internet is a big distraction.” However, like the library, it contains (or can be persuaded to yield) considerable knowledge.

Again, the piece that most people need is the motivation and guidance. Mentoring, of a sort….

Teachers may well disagree. Enlighten me….