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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Teaching vs. Learning

A new semester is about to start. one of the main weaknesses of education is the paradox of the mentor. Teachers (not all) assume that in order for learning to take place there must be a pre-established boundary of respect. The boundary that is traditional is the teacher is the master and the student is the learner. The line is never blurred.

I experience a blurring of lines that makes each person in the learning community a teacher and each person a learner. In order for this to happen i must be a learner. I look forward to creating processes and opportunities for all of us to learn from each of us. Many complexities and subtleties exist in the application of that scenario. To not approach the scenario is to never discover the complexities. To never discover the students and teachers in the room. To never discover oneself.

I look forward to knowing by knowing each person. I look forward to the learning of the semester. A friend of mine who has much experience with universities and respected masters has been known to proclaim that if one is searching for the intellectual realities they can not be found at universities. how sad and also how true.

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