Creating a Passion for Learning LO17341

Dr. Steve Eskow (
Fri, 6 Mar 1998 17:58:05 -0500

Replying to LO17312 --

At says:

>I want to end this long contribution with the following statement:
>"Complexity quenches passion, unless we know how to manage compelxity".
>The statement "Passion is infectious." is too reductionistic to be of
>much help.

But: At 's statement is the kind of half truth we might want to avoid.

Consider the child facing a jig saw puzzle, or video game, or cryptogram
that needs to be decoded: it is the complexity that is the excitement, the
challenge that moves the child to attempt to order the complexity, break
the code, find the pattern,

Bad teachers put the puzzle together for the child, present the child with
all the answers, and extinguish the passion of the search.

Good teachers present students with enough complexity so that their
passions are not dulled by simplicity.

Steve Eskow

Dr. Steve Eskow
President, The Pangaea Network
288 Stone Island Road
Enterprise, Florida 32725
Phone: 407-321-8770; Fax: 407-321-4861


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