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10 Rules for Students, Teachers

The list, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater.

Rule 1
Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2
General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything our of your fellow students.

Rule 3
General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4
Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5
Be self disciplined, this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6
Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.

Rule 7
The only rule is work. If you work, it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8
Don't try to create and analyse at the same time, they're different processes.

Rule 9
Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

Rule 10
"We're breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities" John Cage

Helpful Hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Reading anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything-it might come in handy later.

Without doubt, these rules will stand true for students in Plato's Academy to students in virtual classrooms today.

Neha Pinto

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