In this age of sticks and stones, cynicism, force fed information, confrontational overtones and loss of respect, is learning possible in its purest, most vital form?
If you end up doing most of the "learning" in this course through your own research, by taking the time to read and apply what you read, by finding others to collaborate with, then you are well on your way toward a successful college experience and learning that will remain with you instead of passing through as water passes into and out of a pitcher.
This is your course. I am here to help not to force or pour information into your brains. Feel free to ask my help, to take what I say with whatever value you wish to assign it, to use the other resources open to you at this college and to challenge yourself and push your own envelope.
Feel free to disagree openly. Use the blog or your speech, or discussion in class. Feel free to question and do your own research. Feel free to reveal some of yourself, and to share what you know, your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions and your values.