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September 30, 2012

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#1 is so true.

I think in any expressive or artistic field, craft is important. There are techniques and conventions tried and true which we must have an awareness of to build upon the past and push boundaries, otherwise we may reproduce the mistakes others have made or produce junk.

It definitely applies to teaching, and it applies to teaching in the arts especially.

I just downloaded the Portable MFA in Creative Writing onto my Kindle, and in the introduction the author lambasts Masters programs and writing professors who believe good writing can't be taught, and who fail to give critical feedback based on craft. The book is based on the premise that there are elements of craft that can be directly taught and studied.

I'm not sure if many members of the general public have an appreciation for the craft of teaching-- how many things we do from experience and intuition that in fact we've learned because we are professionals. However, many parents do appreciate a lot of what we do. Your piece is a good reminder to study our craft! There is always more to learn.

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