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December 11, 2004
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· Handy-Dandy Rule 22½: Loose but not Lax ·
I've taught philosophy in a science building at some distance from where my comp students have often sat waiting this term. So my arrivals have sometimes prompted smiles, smiles occasioning a few of us to grasp an important principle of indulgence: how one sometimes meets his limits on the long climb from science to art.
I begin this way because I have one happy rule to share today, what I call Handy-Dandy Rule 22½:
I've of course tried to follow it myself because it aptly underlies so much of what I try to teach. Still, I've thought to offer another's more stylish discussion of it today, that of the fine English writer, F. L. Lucas:
Although seldom from my example have students ever begun to learn it, I'm pleased to say that, in student portfolios I'm grading now, I'm beginning to see the rule's steady application — which Lucas marks, indeed, much better than I:
And of course, so it is.Permalink
A good caution, Styles. I do have an impulse toward cleverness that often causes me more grief than pleasure. Nobody loves a smart ass, but I keep forgetting that.
Check out CCE — clc and Rosa G are doing portfolios and portfolio postings too. I finished all my reading — non-portfolio type — this evening.
Yes, we are and you have, too. Styles, would you like to write a blog entry for CCE about using portfolios in philosophy classes? Nudge, nudge.
Thanks for your nudge, Joanna. You'll find my post here, though only English applies, philosophy requiring still other tools.
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