For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
We all know them, don’t we? Those enthusiastic colleagues who launch into everything they do with fervent enthusiasm without a thought for the consequences. Remember Roobarb? Voiced wonderfully by Richard Briers, the green dog approached misadventure with boundless enthusiasm as Custard the pink cat watched cynically.
It’s easy to be a Custard in HE, especially as we get older. “Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt” we sigh as we hear of the latest bit of shiny, shiny technology which we are told will revolutionise education. “Fools rush in” we say, wagging our finger and advising caution. But, though fools might rush in where angels fear to tread, angels must remember to evaluate possibilities and step purposefully forward later.
So how do we train our inner Roobarb? How do we curb our inner Custard? How do we strike a balance between reckless abandon and curmudgeonly complacency? Or maybe that’s just me 😉
This post was inspired by Steve Wheeler’s new challenge
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