Saturday, January 14, 2017


An essential question for schools is how to teach negative capability. The usual question of how we can do more for our students is inverted. We ask how we can do less. The best education in thinking might be the one that minimizes the effects of teachers on students. The teacher, like the poet, labors to make every pedagogical effect indirect, staying focused on things like tone, spacing, rhythm, and questions. This is made more difficult by the standard architecture of school and curriculum.

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