Re: snapshots -Reply

Nick Carbone (nickc@MARLBORO.EDU)
Wed, 17 Jan 1996 08:39:39 -0500

Recent maxims....

Your teacher may be wrong; think for yourself.
> Ken Wright
> > - question everything
> > - do not take anything for granted
> > - do not take anything at face value
> > - question everything
> >
> > Bee
> > Ben Ament <>

I understand the call for this, the need to be diligent and to think
independently. I also assume both Ken and Ben temper these maxims in the
fuller context of their classrooms. Still, I want to point out that
there's also a need to know when to trust someone, when skepticism gets
in the way, when diligence untempered becomes parnoia. I guess I'm
thinking of Wayne Booth's _Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent_ and
also with one eye on the dangers of polarized positions.

Nick Carbone