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Bill Altreuter

I am coming to the belief that drills are the best way to teach most things.


It's interesting that you see it this way. There are a lot of people who would tell you that that is the whole point of teaching, to elicit certain reactions to particular stimulus. The result of this, I would hazard, is what we end up calling 'skills'. Talent is the ability to render multiple skills and successfully resolve and respond to an unstructured stimulus.


I think there's also such a thing as a talent for learning, which I lack. You have to be at least somewhat comfortable with your own incompetence as you go through the drills. I'm not sure I've ever learned anything that I have had to sincerely do all the drills to learn. I'll skip ahead by natural aptitude or I'll skip out. Naturally, I blame my parents.

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