[Edu-sig] Tips for wandering faculty

Michael Tobis mtobis at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 00:21:52 CEST 2006

Ian, among his talents, has a knack for terse, interesting
generalizations. His style is so laid back that sometimes I wonder if
other people notice how clever some of the things he says are. For

"we shouldn't mistake design
problems for deep and useful ideas.  There's hard and deep and useful
ideas too; I'm just pointing out that not all hard things are deep or

That's a keeper.

On the other hand, let me remind everyone that many people despair of
this list because it spends too much time on impractical generalities.

So I would add that we shouldn't mistake interesting conversations for
progress. Many of the topics raised here are hard and deep but, at
least for present purposes, still not very useful.

I believe should keep the conversation germane to the intersection of
Python and education, specifically, to the development of Python tools
that are relevant to education.

I don't know what the twentieth precept is, but I nominate:

"La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien a ajouter, mais
quand il ne reste rien a enlever" -Antoine de St Exupery

Let's try to say less and say it better.


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