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Yes, Yes, Yes, and No

October 5, 2009

Yes—you will not understand the selections from the Bhagavad-Gita I assigned for next class.

But yes—you still have to read it.

And yes—you still have to write a reading summary of it.

Last, no—it’s not contradictory to assign the summary. You will learn through the struggle.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. roland permalink
    October 5, 2009 5:48 pm

    Ah, the joys of teaching. At least there’s alcohol.

  2. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    October 5, 2009 6:17 pm

    There is indeed. Alcohol, that is …

  3. Vidya permalink
    October 6, 2009 6:01 am

    “But, Professor, it’s so hard!!!111!!!”

    As a Sanskrit student some years back, I had to produce extensively annotated translations of large portions of the Gita, with discussions of both the grammatical forms and of the philosophical concepts. These kids can manage a summary of a few chapters of the English version, surely.
    But I’d suggest also reading through the Wikipedia article first and keeping an eye out for tell-tale phrases in their papers; somehow, students always seem to think that their instructors don’t have the same internet that they do.

  4. Dr. Jim permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:17 am

    What the hell is with people these days. They want to read ABOUT books, but not read the damn things themselves.

  5. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    October 7, 2009 1:31 pm

    The wiki readers are easy to spot: they’re the ones who slip in vocabulary terms that I KNOW were not in the lecture or the reading!

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