brni (brni) wrote,
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epistemology in action

It's strange, this learning thing. Once, when I was a grad student at Temple and teaching a couple courses a semester, I ended up having lunch with some of my old professors from Villanova, and one of them expounded on learning.

You go school, he says, for thirteen years, and you learn and learn and learn, and when you graduate from High School, you think you know everything. But then you start college and you realize that all that stuff you learned before, that was nothing, and now you're REALLY learning. And you graduate from college and you think you know everything. And then you start grad school and you realize that all that stuff that you learned before, that was nothing, and now you're REALLY learning. And then you get your Ph.D. and you think, this time, you really know everything.

And then you start teaching, and that's when you really start learning.


There's been requests for an Advanced Class at the karate school, but for whatever reasons it just wasn't happening. And my concern was that an advanced class draws the higher rank students away from the regular class, which means they aren't there to help the lower rank students. That's what happened last time around. So I started offering an informal "after-class class" on Thursday nights, running for however long people want to stay, open to green belts and up. For the most part it's only been a couple folks, staying after Sabum Howard's class. Today, I had five people.

We work on techniques that they need for their next tests, on improving basics, on tweaking things we already know, on balance, reflexes, flow and control, on self-defense techniques. I'm incorporating things I've learned in Judo, things that I learned in Aikido class long ago. And we're exploring, learning from each other, discovering what works and what doesn't, taking pieces of ideas and building on them.

And I learn something every time. And that's a good thing.
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