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June 11, 2003
Sucher on Said

(If you are a soccer fan, that could sound like Sukor on side. Ignore.)

David Sucher has a fascinating recollection of having been taught by Edward Said, and having been told by him about how to answer someone who seems to have all the answers.

Good teachers are sometimes forgotten at once. You learn what he's teaching you, and completely forget that it was he who taught you.

And good teachers are sometimes remembered forty years later.

As these people say, teaching comes in many forms.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:16 PM
Category: How to teach
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Brian, I never thought that I would see you favorably quoting Edward Said. He's quite right, though; the ability to say "I don't know, I'll get back to you on that one" is one which could solve a lot of problems. It's certainly the most intellectually honest way to proceed.

Comment by: Lucas Wiman on June 12, 2003 01:05 AM

When David Sucher told me here in meatspace Seattle that he had gotten into blogging, I tried to impress him with tidbits like how to type link:www.citycomforts.com/blog.html into Google and how to cruise the blogosphere at http://www.technorati.com -- but David Sucher actually provokes a reaction in cyberspace, while the Mentifex AI Mind project never seems to catch on :-(

Oh well, at least David Sucher bought me a Coca-Cola last night, while we watched the blogosphere flitter about on his fancy laptop.

Comment by: Arthur T. Murray on June 27, 2003 05:58 PM
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