Comment on We have different history textbooks by Chad

This is fascinating! History is such an interesting field because we often forget how malleable it is. It brings up an interesting issue in terms of what should be included in history, since so much of it is subjective. How does someone write an objective history? Fascinating stuff!

Comment on A Rant on Graduate School! by Chad

This is an inspiring post! One of the most important lessons, not just in graduate school, but in life, is to never be afraid to fail. Failure is how we learn. You aren’t going to figure it all out the first time. That’s why we stress revision in my field, because it is a way to examine and correct your mistakes. Leonardo Da Vinci said “Art is never done, only abandoned.”

Comment on We don’t need no Education by Chad

This song is a classic, but the film is just so subversive. I think it certainly captures one attitude toward the creation of drone-like students being put into a meat grinder and coming out as a “product” of all of the “necessary” ingredients to make them fully functioning members in society. I like that you are able to connect this to Freire because I think it works perfectly.

Comment on The bright side of hating your passion by Chad

I like this post a lot. Part of the graduate experience for me, so far, has been to reinforce many of the aspects of my character and talents that I held previously. However, sometimes it is important to stand back and ask ourselves why it is that we are doing what we are doing. Why am I studying English? What is it about literature, language, rhetoric that is so appealing to me? And furthermore, what aspects of my personality make it a compatible discipline for me? These are hard questions to ask oneself, but they are even harder to answer. I think, in a sense, there shouldn’t be much more of a clear answer other than “I love it!” Maybe that is the point of grad school…

Comment on “Stories are just data with a Soul” ~ Brene Brown by Chad

It certainly takes a sort of courage to be vulnerable, to open up to something or someone. I thought the video we watched in class was amazing, because there is something truly fascinating watching someone open up and come around to the idea that they don’t have to close themselves off from what they really love. Academia needs to find ways to promote this kind of thinking, instead of pushing people into a field based on the amount of money one will make or the utility of a position in society.