Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reading List

I think I had more to say on this art subject, but the other day I had a great, interesting post to tie the whole thing up, and I lost it because I forgot to save it. That discouraged me, so I didn't post for several days, but I think I'm back now. I don't know if I'll be able to tie things up so nicely in my discussion of art, the way I did in the disappearing post. So I may be on to a new topic, for now.

Currently reading: The Narnian, by Alan Jacobs

Started a booklist, including: Dante's The Divine Comedy, Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, and Augustine's Confessions. I'm upping the ante slightly in my reading material. I don't normally read such epic works. At least I haven't put Augustine's City of God or Summa Theologica on the list. I'm sure there will be plenty of posting to do on these gargantuan reads.

I find myself having a greater interest in the learning and teaching process. Having been through a teacher education program in college, I can say my philosophy of education differs immensely from that of public schools, and probably of most Universities. That's probably why I have no interest in teaching public school, notwithstanding the words on my diploma. It doesn't necessarily follow, I'm realizing, that I don't want anything to do with teaching.

I couldn't exactly tell you what my philosophy is though. I know it has something to do with "educing" from the student that which has been deposited in him or her. If we are so fearfully and wonderfully made, shouldn't we be more concerned with becoming who we are than adding a bunch of knowledge onto ourselves, and expecting it to magically produce the results we're, families, skills?

My education, in many ways, seems to be just beginning. I think this part of my life will be occupied by filling in the gaps that "the system" has left blank. Which are considerably large in many areas.

This has been a test post. Had this been a real post, there would have been something of substance written. Just keeping things afloat, folks.

1 comment:

Bob said...

C. S. Lewis on reading old books: "The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction. To be sure, the books of the future would be just as good a corrective as the books of the past, but unfortunately we cannot get at them."