Monday, March 24, 2014

The view from Robert Frost's front yard, Franconia, New Hampshire, June 2013

One of the first provisions of a progressive school is that in it academic questions should be barred. An [illegible] {academic} question is one that the asker of already knows the answer. The best student shouldn't hesitate to rebuke it by saying ask me something you don't know. The second provision is the teacher should only tell the students what he they haven't heard before. The only way of making sure they havent heard it before is to make sure he himself hasn't thought of it before.

                           --Robert Frost, from notebook 31 (1937-1955)

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