Learning notes from Basel – 3

teaching personally

Sublime. That is the word that Ruskin applied to the Alps. On the last day of our project visit, we hit the students with the full works: Swiss trains, post buses, cable cars, lake paddle steamers and a hike through the mountains at around 6000 feet above Luzern, with a traditional Swiss camp fire half-way round.

It is true – the sublime really does cut through. The  over-indulged London-suburban Attitude dissolved as we headed deeper into the mountains, to be replaced by distinctly-uncool but heartfelt words like ‘beautiful’. They were stunned by the views as the cable-car rose up the mountainside, loved their Heidi-walk through the pastures with cowbells ringing all around and amazingly enough even noticed the deep purity of the air.


Most of them, from safe home counties homes, had never made a bonfire in the wild before, nor sharpened stick with Swiss army knives to cook and eat…

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About ijstock

I offer short courses in the basics of Critical Thinking to small groups. I am a former teacher with 30 years' experience. I taught CT to 'A' Level for a significant period.
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