Thoughts on the final stages of marking 70 essays

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

“It is not the aim of education to make the student feel good about himself or herself…a good education should lead to a permanent sense of dissatisfaction….The dirty secret of intellectual life is that first-rate work requires an enormous amount of effort, anxiety, and even desperation. The quests for knowledge and truth, as well as depth, insight and originality, are not effortless, and they are certainly not comfortable.” (John Searle)

This makes me feel better about the comments I’m writing on my students’ essays. Thanks to Marcelo for posting it on Facebook in my hour of need.

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