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On Teaching and Grades


by Robert Pirsig - 2008

He’d been innovating extensively. He’d been having trouble with students who had nothing to say. At first he thought it was laziness but later it became apparent that it wasn’t. They just couldn’t think of anything to say. One of them, a girl with strong-lensed glasses, wanted to write a five-hundred-word essay about the United States. He was used to the sinking feeling that comes from statements like this, and suggested without disparagement that she narrow it down to just Bozeman.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 51-57
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22831, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 9:13:19 PM

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  • Robert Pirsig

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    Robert Pirsig is an American writer and philosopher. After serving in the U.S. armed forces in Korea and after completing his undergraduate degree, he traveled to India to study Eastern philosophy. This selection is excerpted from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, first published in 1974. Copyright © 1974 by Robert M. Pirsig. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
 
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