Thoughtful op-ed piece by Mark Edmondson, from UVA, in today’s NYTimes. I agree wholeheartedly.
…Every memorable class is a bit like a jazz composition. There is the basic melody that you work with. It is defined by the syllabus. But there is also a considerable measure of improvisation against that disciplining background.
….Internet learning promises to make intellectual life more sterile and abstract than it already is — and also, for teachers and for students alike, far more lonely.