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Using the reading "from the loss of creature" respond to two posts of your classmates in posts of 100 words each.



Classmate 1

 

In Percy Walker's essay 'Loss of the Creature,' he states that those who learn through an

 

institution and those who learn more organically are completely different. Those who learn more

 

organically tend to retain the actual 'lesson' more, while those who learn through a teacher and

 

formats are, according to Walker, going to remember the setting more than the content. He uses

 

the example of an islander walking on a beach, and happening upon a dead dogfish compared to

 

a student happening upon the same thing except in a labratory. He states plainly that, 'A student

 

who has the desire to get at a dogfish or a Shakespeare sonnet may have the greatest difficulty in

 

salvaging the creature itself from the educational package in which it is presented.'

 

Percy then says that those who learn Shakespeare in a classroom may not get the full meaning of

 

the work because of the barriers of teachers, formats, the room, etc. Being able to remember

 

simply the content of the lesson and the meaning behind it is easier when done in a non-formal

 

way. I think the author's argument is valid for some and not others. There are people who learn

 

best in a more organized, structured way, in which a school institution serves well. Yet, many

 

people are more prone to get distracted and may have to 'peel off the layers,' as Walker says, in

 

order to get to the meat of the lesson.

 

I think it all depends on the person and how they function. Institutions are great, but being able to

 

be curious and learn in a more organic way (like the man on the beach) is also an important skill

 

to have.

 


 

Classmate 2

 

Walker Percy does not present any evidence to support his argument. The validity of his

 

argument is hard to discern. I agreed with his argument and I found it valid. His description of

 

the consumer and packaging is on point. As pupils they are experiencing what is set before them

 

as an assignment. They are consuming the package as directed by an educator. The islander and

 

the citizen are experiencing the dogfish and Shakespeare sonnet as an act of exploration. Percy

 

speaks of the sovereignty or power of the knower instead of being a consumer of a prepared

 

experience. The prepared version would set before you exactly how you should complete the

 

exploration and what you will find at the end. Instead it is better to be the wanderer and

 

experience at will.

 


 

 

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