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E. H. Carr and Manfred Kuhn on Relationship of Reading and Writing

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Posted by Daly de Gagne
Feb 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM


I’ve copied the post below from because it speaks to personal productivity as much as it does to specific software. My belief is that many of us have been hampered in our adult years because we have not learned how to learn. For example, I recall about two years ago feeling liberated by a passage in Paulo Freire’s The Pedagogy of Hope, which described how a student, ie anyone who is a learner, regardless of station, reads a scholarly work - taking time, rereading, processing, etc. As much as what he wrote was common sense, it was not common to me - now when I struggle with a passage, I remember what Freire wrote, and assure myself that struggle is expected, and it is ok. Referring to the post pasted below, as a former journalist, I know of what E H Carr and Manfred Kuhn are writing and, indeed, I first read Carr’s book What Is History many years ago. Yet seeing the Carr quote Manfred used, and his commentary on it, has left me with a feeling similar to the freedom I felt when I came upon Freire’s quote.


Steve, I?ve long enjoyed Manfred Kuhn?s blog. While reviewing it pursuant to your reference to his CT article (which is very good), I came across a delightful post he made about the relationship between reading and writing. If the points in that post were made more often - if indeed they are made at all - in high school classes we would have people who are better readers, writers, and thinkers.
Here?s the link:
Manfred begins his post with a very eloquent quote from E. H. Carr?s provocative book What Is History?
If I try here to summarize the post I will do a disservice to both E. H. and to Manfred, so instead, I hope readers here will use the above link to read the post.
Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>I do agree. In case you didn?t see it, Glen Coultard (who I contributes to this
>forum) put together a video showing how he uses CT for academic purposes. You can find
>it here:
> >
> >Also, Manfred Kuhn, who
>blogs at Taking Note, has a long article about using CT for research, which you can find
> >
> >Either of these resources
>can be a little intimidating, because of the advanced CT features they talk about, but
>they are both interesting. And remember than you don?t need to dive into the power
>features right away. At its most basic, CT is a note card filing system.
> >Steve Z.


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