[PEN-L] From Michael Yates (on academia)

Xenon Zi-Neng Yuan wenhuadageming at comcast.net
Sat Nov 8 10:30:18 MST 2003


At 09:03 AM 11/8/2003 -0800, michael wrote:
>I just started Michael Yates book last night.  50 pages in, it is wonderful so
>far.
>
>I disagree with Michael's post on academia.  I don't think that the student
>body is nearly as bad as he makes out.  Yes, they are ill-informed, but so was
>I at that stage in my life.  They are also hungry for something -- often they
>do not know what.
>
>When you work with them as individuals, some will come alive and take an
>interest in positive things.  If I can make a difference with one or two in a
>class, I would consider that a major success.
>
>The fact that there are so few alternative voices makes lefties presence in
>college even more important.  I feed absolutely confident in saying that
>Michael Y's absence from his school represented a great loss to his students.

equally, if not more important, it seems to me, is the presence of lefties
in primary school education, where essential critical thinking skills are
more easily assimilated.

xzy


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