‘He brought a syllabus to a gun fight and lost’

by reestheskin on 11/02/2015

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“One of the things that is extremely challenging to my teaching now is the possibility that there are some things you can learn only from experience and can’t be taught. The pathos of teaching is that some things can’t be taught – and one of them might be political judgement. I don’t think that’s a despairing thought, but it does induce humility in a teacher and make the job much more interesting.”

And what about clinical judgement?  Michael Ignatieff quoted in the THE. There is a pithy comment on the article by Steven McGannety : “He brought a syllabus to a gun fight and lost. Canada lost more.” 

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