Rhetoric

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

Jesper Juuls in the Art of Failure Teaches How to Imagine Sisyphus Happy 🙃

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Albert Camus In an insightful early collection of essays, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus recognizes that when a person confronts the absurd circumstances of life, they can react in one of two ways. Either they fall into despair, which most of us …

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Open Sky Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio Teaches Us to Fall Upward and Swim in the Ether in Open Sky ☁️

“The reconciliation of nothing and reality and the suspension of time and space by high velocities replace the exoticism of journeys with a vast expanse of emptiness.” Paul Virilio Paul Virilio is a French media theorist, intrigued by speed and technology and the ways advancements in these areas challenge the logic of our perceptions related …

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The Blu(e) of Education

The Blue of Education

Our world is now so complex, our technology and science so powerful, and our problems so global and interconnected that we have come to the limits of individual human intelligence and individual expertise.”  James Paul Gee With brief pockets of cynicism and frequent moments of humor,  James Paul Gee describes the anti-intellectual spirit of our …

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Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson on Becoming the Author’s Advocate, His Attorney for Explication and Defense

“The kind of teaching I part company with, the kind that seems to me most destructive to the freedom of self-making, is the kind that simply applies a standing set of terms to every text that comes to hand. These forms of teaching are a little like bad translation. Every work, alas, is rewritten in …

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7 Habits of an Excellent Teacher

“The one exclusive sign of knowledge is thorough teaching.” Aristotle These seven habits of an excellent teacher are based on Chickering’s and Gamson’s “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” Whether you’re a college professor or a high school teacher, there is plenty here to work on as you reach your mid-semester stride. Encourage Student/Professor …

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