While puzzling over motivation, I stumbled on the great Swiss blog

LLLIC, by Martin Raske, the IT guy who writes it. He quotes one of my favorite Frenchmen, Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

In other words, the heart is more important than the head–pathos trumps logos.

A corollary: what teachers need to do is inspire learning in the first place, later comes giving the tools and materials. But inspiring comes first. I see kids everyday who cannot or will not see any purpose in their schooling. Impossible to teach, they are, and they use school to fit their purposes, mainly social (“look at my clothes,” or “look at my strengths,” etc.). I wish I were better at inspiring their learning.

Raske impresses even further by including this excellent and brief interview with my current hero, Michael Wesch:

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