Those who can, teach.

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.

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Those who cant don't understand.

Quick Points About Teaching

This is a list of some of the primary points behind my philosophy. You'll see many of them played out in longer form as I get the pages written and added. I'll add to the list whenever I have an aphorism attack.

1. Telling and teaching are not synonymous.

2. Memorization and learning are not synonymous.

3. Information and knowledge are not synonymous.

4. Knowledge and power are not synonymous.

5. Power and wisdom are not synonymous.

6. Learning is a creative act.

7. Their learning is more important than my teaching.

8. The mission takes precedence over procedures.

9.  Procedure and process are not synonymous.

10.  Testing and assessing are not the same thing.

11.  Learning is a long term process.

12.  Learning is an individual act.

13.  People and numbers are not synonymous.

14.  If it can be graded by a computer, it doesn't test learning.

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Writing and Education

Autobiography Challenge

Considering Conclusions

Considering Introductions

Four Meanings of Life

Godot and the Great Pumpkin

A Major is More Minor Than
You Think

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

Revising Revision

Reviving Experience

Reviving Symbolism

Using an Audience


What Makes a Story True?

What's the Subject of This Class? (Being revised.)

Why Write?

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

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



Selected Poems

The Poetry Process

Links to Other Sites