More Teaching Moments Selected Memories of PSU Faculty

Enlightenment

October 3rd, 2012 by Heather

Peng-Khuan Chong Social Science

Peng Khuan Chong on right

To encourage discussions in my political ideology class I sometimes write a haiku or poem on the board. Often the reactions tend to be discursive and tangential. One day I wrote this haiku from the samurai poet, Mizuta Mashide:

Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
Of the rising moon.

An unassuming and usually very quiet student yelled out, “I see it! When we get lemons, we can make lemonade!”