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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.
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
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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