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Musings on Education and Why April is the Cruelest Month

April 25, 2015
 
APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
 
From “The Wasteland” by T. S. Eliot
 
We count the cycle of the year in so many ways, and for myself and my colleagues in higher education, April truly can be the cruelest month. We find ourselves hurtling towards the end of the school year, with graduation looming for our seniors and finals and final grades for everyone.

Of Egypt and Textbooks and Other Musings

I am working from a text book calledThe Art of Ancient Egyptby Gay Robbins, for my Egyptian art course, and although this is not the first time I've taught this course or used this textbook, I am finding that I don't like the textbook. I think I am actually going to have to write my own text to really get something that I feel is really useful and meets my needs. The writing itself is fairly heavy, which one would expect for an academic tome, and although the author picks up on the subtleties (and believe me, they are subtle) of the shifts in art in ancient Egypt, she doesn't really cover the symbolism in a way that I like.