One of my friends teaches a freshman composition class at a university. At the beginning of every class she hands out an index card to each student and asks them to write down the answer to this question: What do you hope to gain from this class?
The best answer ever?
“I want to reach my fool potential.”
— Christopher Schwarz
19 thoughts on “Our Potential”
That’s fantastic!! Lol
Sounds like a great professor! I have had very few ask that question. My best professor asked, then shared with the class at the second meeting the list of things and how he was going to try to meet them! We need more good teachers in the world!
Kind of a Freudian slip,no?
Ask yourself: What is your fool potential?
oh what a little weinner and i have three of them two long haired and one smooth … i know off the topic of woodworking but that has to be a weinner.
It’s always good to be in touch with your inner fool. Closely related to but not the same as your inner child. Keep em coming Chris.
My fool potential is limitless it seems.
One of my Favourite Murphy’s laws-
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. All credit to the Bard.
I used to hand out index cards, and among other things, I asked students what the first historical event they could recall from their childhood. Usually about eighty percent listed the same event, with a few outliers. My favorite was one student who wrote that hers was the Kentucky Derby when she was five years old. I just had to ask why. She said that she remembered it because her family’s horse came in third that year.
Card was possibly filled out by the author of “Planes, Trains, and Plantains – The story of Oedipus”?
Max’s restrained taste in writing tables was echoed in his hairstyle:
I love the hockey players on the top portion of this piece. Very ornate.
Indeed. At first I thought the desk was made for the prime minister of Canada.
As the furniture movers were shuffling out of the workshop with Max’s newly-completed table, the cabinetmaker chiefly responsible for the job was overheard saying to the shop foreman, “Hey, boss, can I have a couple of weeks on firewood chopping duty?”
OK – maybe I made that up; but all the same, you wouldn’t want a bulk order of those, would you?
He just did!
I hope someday to reach my fool potential, er, well, maybe just 10% of it? Just enough that I never deem myself to be wise. Or would that signal that I had reached my fool potential?
I don’t know why but that all reminds me of the scene in ‘The Court Jester’ where Danny Kaye sings the line about learning the trade of a court jester ‘with full concentration and determination, I made a fool of myself!’
Many of my freshman comp students have achieved that goal, I’m afraid…
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