Robert Hansen (RH) posted Jul 7, 2014 9:32 PM (http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9512923) - GSC's remarks follow: > > On Jul 7, 2014, at 10:8 AM, GS Chandy > <email@example.com> wrote: > > > (GSC): The learning and understanding of ANY SUBJECT > >or discipline involve, I maintain, an extremely complex > >set of mental activities, 'mental models' to be > >constructed and then used, etc, etc. > > (RH): It seems that you are saying the the mechanics and > details of how the mind works is complex, which I > agree with. > > But what does this have to do with pedagogy? > > All of the successful teachers and learners to date, > including several on this forum, including myself, > have succeeded at learning, at understanding and at > teaching others, without knowing the mechanics of the > mind, which no one yet knows. > > Fortunately, pedagogy (the activity) is simple, when > we are teaching inherently interested and able > students, and doesn?t require us to know any of those > details. > > Is this a fair distinction? > > Bob Hansen > It seems clear enough that you don't know what you're talking about/ writing about with such 'authority'.
On the other hand, I realise that we should not ignore that other possibility, remote though it may be:
It is always possible, isn't it, that GSC has not adequately studied enough ('American') English poetry properly to understand the subtleties concealed in RH's writing. (I have read some, for pleasure - though I must confess that I've never actually *studied* any in that way, modeling it, etc).
If that is the way you wish it to be, OK, have it your way. Life's too short, I'm afraid: I really have no plans or even remote intentions to *study* any ('American') English poetry, though I concede that US English is approximately the most dynamic and powerful variant of English that is current today. I read scarcely any ['American'] English poetry, these days; Elmore Leonard and the prose in the New Yorker provide me with all the literary pleasure I have the time/energy for. Of course, I shall therefore have to miss out on the subtleties hidden within Robert Hansen, alas...