Thursday, September 03, 2009
DISTRIBUTION AND CIRCULATION IN ROOM 2
I’ve come to think of teaching and learning as more of a distributive process than an accretive one. When I’m teaching, I’m not adding anything to the students’ academic lives as much as I’m helping them distribute the wisdom of the universe among themselves. Learning doesn’t happen by piling up facts and insights, but by being open to the free dispersal and circulation of understanding. The universe we inhabit is teeming with knowledge, and all the students have to do is feel and enjoy it as it flows through their lives, and all I have to do, really, is make sure I don’t get in the way.