Part of the reason I use a blog instead of a website is that a blog is more personal, more journalistic, and more likely to create opportunities for conversation. When we begin meeting in person, every day's agenda and works-in-progress will be documented here. But in-class interaction is limited in time and space, and learning happens everywhere all the time, so even though we only had something like 185 days of class last year, there were 398 posts to the course blog. I frequently create posts like this to raise issues and/or invite discussion; feel free to comment and begin a conversation thread by contributing an idea, resource/link or question.
get a lot of information from a lot of different sources-- and some of
it is worth passing along. I'll post items about college, financial
aid, study/learning strategies and resources, and occasionally random
stuff like an eight-year-old girl who builds rockets or a guy playing piano for elephants in the middle of a jungle.
Just now I ran across this article
about young people finding yet another substance to give them an
achievement "edge." I find this terribly depressing. What is it about
[products/substances/things we can buy] that make us believe they can
solve our problems more effectively than we can?
For the record, the only substances that will help you in this course of
inquiry are: water, clean proteins, fats and carbohydrates in moderate
proportions every few hours. And the super-secret bonus ingredients?
SLEEP & EXERCISE!
We live in a culture that
emphasizes shortcuts: don't believe the hype. Every athlete or
intellectual/professional at the top of her game is a living testimony
to a simple equation: [Passion] + [Diligence] = [Excellence] If you've
ever loved doing something enough to completely lose track of time,
you're already familiar with the idea of flow.
If the idea is new to you, I hope you can discover something through
this course that will lead you to it. I'll give you some ideas in
August to get you started.
gave us the idea, "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play
the game." He also wrote a verse called "How to be a Champion" that Coach Wooden used to quote all the time:
You wonder how they do it,
You look to see the knack,
You watch the foot in action,
Or the shoulder or the back.
But when you spot the answer
Where the glamours lurk,
You’ll find in moving higher
Up the laurel-covered spire,
That most of it is practice,
And the rest of it is work.
You're about to have a lot of work to do, and there is no way out but Through. This doesn't have to be a bad thing or a stressful burden.
In the first couple of weeks we'll talk about balancing your academic
and extra-curricular obligations as you prepare for life after high
school. In the meantime, please feel free to comment to this post with
any ideas, questions, concerns or observations about these topics.