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Archive for July 7th, 2008

Slogging through assessment portfolios again….  In one essay, a student discusses how Matthew Arnold had left Christianity and instead looked for guidance from Agnosticism.  Join me for a moment in being puzzled by that.  How would deciding not to be sure about the existence of the Divine provide any guidance?  Provide a space for tolerance, certainly.  Expand ones ability to entertain contradictions, of course. But…. argh….

Anyway, let’s move on to:

“Samuel Daniel’s internal wrestling with his talent, importance, and self-doubt created a paradox within both his works and life that continues to baffle and perplex the readers and critics of his work.”

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“Interwoven with Daniel’s apparent dislike for those who criticized him was Daniel’s lack of financial success.”

Right.  Whatever.

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