Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Assumptions for Organizers

According to Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters, during Bayard Rustin's orchestration of the 1963 March on Washington he kept saying, "If you want to organize anything, assume that everybody is absolutely stupid."

Pretty good advice for teaching, too.

As is Rustin's follow-up: "And assume yourself that you're stupid."


lara3314 said...

I'd like to offer that the second part of Ruskin's comment is the most wise. You lose the wisdom of the first part without it.

framiko said...

Ha! I knew the title of this post would lure you in. Yes, I agree that the second part is essential.