I dare you.
Philosophy and Nonsense
(Thoughts about writing, education, and experience.) Presented by Forrest D. Poston
The first goal of teaching is to strengthen, deepen and refine our intrinsic love of learning. All other goals and all methods must stem from that idea. Any that do not support that goal must at least be questioned and adjusted, if not eliminated. Otherwise, we are not teaching but training.
Think, I dare you.
|Learning patience only requires two things: time and patience.
This site is for both students and teachers, anyone who likes to think, who wants life and education to be more than memorize, regurgitate and forget. Feel free to use or adapt the ideas here. Of course, I wouldn't mind getting credit, especially when the ideas work, but more than that I'd like people to get in touch. Let me know what you tried and what happened (or didn't). Ideas are like clay: the more you work it, twist it, squash it down and start over, the more workable and useful it becomes.
Essays in the first column focus directly on issues relating to education and writing. Some are off on the theoretical, philosophical end, while others have more immediate applications in or out of the classroom.
The material on the far right is rather varied with my essays and poetry, plus some material from former students. The essays range from the obviously serious to the mysterious, romantic, and absurd. Thesis statements are scarce, but I think there's meaning even when it's not as overtly stated as a pie in the face. Still, most of this material is for general entertainment with just the hope that they'll also generate an idea or two. I hope you enjoy them.
Some of these essays were written long ago, some of the poetry goes even farther back. Some need revision, I'm sure, but they may still induce a chuckle or a thought, or a chuckle at my thinking. One friend with insight said that I'm at my most serious when I appear to be joking. I'm also at my most irritating when my pompous aspect takes control. If you run into some pomposity I neglected to edit, just pretend that it's really an attempt at humor.
In the picture above, I'm the one with the longest fur over the least of my body, Forrest D. Poston, teacher, student, writer, auction junky, idealist, and cat cushion. I've slipped past 50, still writing my dissertation, and hoping to find a college that lets me teach students to do more than memorize, regurgitate, and forget. In the classroom, I do look marginally more professional, and just because I have long hair doesn't mean that I'm a revolutionary. Then again, it doesn't mean that I'm not. Once upon a time (high school actually), I had short hair, black plastic glasses and wore plaid polyester way too often. I was no more or less revolutionary in my philosophy. Still, I do have a tendency to bring out latent insecurities in some people without trying, perhaps because in their eyes I'm a revolutionary. Sometimes, rational and revolutionary are the same thing.
If you have thoughts or questions, feel free to get in touch.
From time to time, a student decides to use some of my ideas, or perhaps they even quote me in a paper. Great, I'll take what fame and traces of immortality I can get. However, I should also warn such students that my ideas are not always the things that your teachers want to hear. I'm a stubborn idealist, and that puts me at odds with quite a bit of education theory and literary criticism. Sure, I think I'm right about some things, and I'm sometimes convinced of my own brilliance, but don't jump into the fire blindfolded.
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|Writing and Education
Conservation of Mistakes
Four Meanings of Life
Godot and the Great Pumpkin
A Major is More Minor Than
The Poetry Process (A look at 4 versions of a poem.)
Thoughts About Picking a Major
Quick Points About Education
Quick Points About Writing
Reading Poetry and Cloud Watching
Using an Audience
Videos (short looks at poetry, movies, and more)
What Makes a Story True?
Writing and Einstein (The Difference Between Information and Meaning)
Writing and the Goldilocks Dilemma
Links to Other Sites
|Other Essays and Poetry
Something Somewhat Vaguely Like a Resume
Alec Kirby, Memories of an Earnest Imp
Being Like Children
Beyond the Genes (Dad)
The Blessing and the Blues
Bookin' Down Brown Street
The Cat With a Bucket List
Conservation of Mistakes
David and the Revelation
The Dawn, the Dark, and the Horse I Didn't Ride In On (an odd, meandering, semi-romantic story)
Getting a Clue
Ghost Dancer in the Twilight Zone
The Hair Connection and the Nature of Choices
I Believe in Capra
The Mug, the Magic, and the Mistake
Roto, Rooter and the Drainy Day
Sadie on the Bridge
Trumpet Player, USDA Approved
The Poetry Process