The writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) who portrayed Buenos Aires in a dream like manner and was associated with that city as much as Kafka was associated with Prague, was enormously learned and seemed to draw inspiration more from books than raw experiences.
As we read his essay “Blindness” while walking in different areas of Swieqi, Andrews Farm, Pembroke, St.Julians, St.George Bay, Ballutta bay, watching football in the big screen at Spinola or listened to the different issues of some community members on road rage and parking issues, we had a rich mix of gaining inspiration from raw experience as well as books.
Some notes on Education.
With Sahil-reading George Orwell’s essay-Such Such were the joys, in which he writes about his school, Crossgates. The essay on education system has many layers and lessons. I discussed some excerpts while walking with Sahil around Swieqi and made him sensitive to the different smells and flavours of places.
Orwell ends his essay with the following words
“ I have never been back to Crossgates. In a way it is only within the lst decade that I have really thought over my school days, vividly through their memory has haunted me. Nowadays, I believe, it would make very little impression on me to see the place again, if it still exists. And if I went inside and smelt again that inky, dusty smell of the big school room, the rosiny smell of the chapel, the stagnant smell of the swimming bath and the cold reek of the lavatories, I think I should only feel what one invariably feels in revisiting any scene of childhood: How small everything has grown, and how terrible is the deterioration in myself!”
Projects-Smells, dictionary, learning
As we went through the different parts of Andrews Farm, established 1950 and I showed him vegetables of sizes which I have not seen in other parts of the world, and became more sensitive to the smell in different parts of the farm , his inquisitive mind challenged me with some words from the dictionary
The dictionary project
Around a year ago, I had urged him to study ten new words from the dictionary every day. He asked me ten words, and I could correctly answer only one properly. Work in progress.
Discuss your doubts with your teachers rather than challenge them. The teacher facilitates knowledge and you should try to team up and grow in the educational institution
Other posts of interest
Other posts of interest
As we continue our walks and discussions I thought of the previous times we have gone around the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo and the discussions we have had.
Reflecting on those walks and readings I was left wondering, whether one draws more inspiration and learns more from books or from raw experiences.