TRIVIUM AND QUADRIVIUM. Reader Rita Chapman notes, in reaction to my reaction to Joanne Jacobs, observes that "English does not correlate to good teaching -- I should think the surplus of bad English teachers would be proof enough of that.

Ed. classes are marginally useful

That's as observed by a high school teacher, and it complements my impressions of the collegiate major, as noted by National Association of Scholars research on the state of general education and the liberal arts.

Ms. Chapman also noted that teachers spend a lot of time on their students' coping problems, and found some teachable moments in the Paul Graham nerds essay. There's a new Jonathan Rauch essay on a related topic, introversion, that Joanne Jacobs has twinned with Graham's essay. It's an interesting bit of writing, perhaps a bit over the top (the author of Kindly Inquisitors making the case that introverts are an oppressed minority?) but worth reading. I can't be too hard on a man who notes, "We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours." As they say, read the whole thing.

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