Reviews of books, papers, and articles

Introducing my blog of reviews. I shall attempt not just to write a review, but highlight the most valuable paraphrases and direct quotes that can be used when writing on a particular subject.

From a political perspective a quote from a surprising source provides an interesting starting point for writing on the subject for example of political alienation, perhaps the ‘squeezed middle’, the white working-class or the othering by racism – as a follow-on to Burke’s quote the essay could write on the subject of What makes the country lovely?

“To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.”

In fact, Burke was talking about peasant-workers and how to develop patriotism. The quotation could be used to open up a much wider discussion.

Reference: Edmund Burke (1729–1797).  Reflections on the French Revolution.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14. Paragraph 130

Alternatively, the development of an essay concerned with approaches to teaching and learning might use the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, however useful in the context I am suggesting.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

It should be stated that it is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin many internet sources suggest it is a proverb from the Xunzi, and authored by Xun Kuang a collection of Confucian philosophical writings.

I look forward to hearing from you as I publish the forthcoming reviews.