I can’t agree, and disagree, with you more.
Patricia Grier

This, this, a thousand times this. I, too, share similar thoughts. I’m not against inspiration. If the author’s intention was to express that we need to get the students inspired first, then I appreciated and to some extent can support their sentiment.

However, by citing externals as sources for knowledge, it doesn’t just suggest that inspiration comes first, it suggested that content is irrelevant; we can just look it up.

Even then, inspiration can sometimes, in just my one opinion, be overrated.

This is an article that I found once I cannot agree with more about how damaging the need for inspiration can sometimes be. If we wait for inspiration first, much less gets done. If students struggle through the tedium first, then find themselves capable, they have something far more eternal: confidence in their ability. Jack London wrote every morning, even when he didn’t feel like it, much less felt inspired.

I have students whose writing skills were horrible last year and gave up fighting the system and wrote…and wrote and wrote…after 4–5 writing workshops and 8–9 papers, they find themselves unwittingly better writers.

Then found happiness by not looking for it, but committing to the notion first that life isn’t about happiness or inspiration, it’s about committing to the task at hand, which will in turn produce happiness and inspiration.

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