The hardest part of studying ancient Greek and Latin is not memorizing vocabulary words and grammatical forms but translating, which requires not only knowing the rules but how to apply the rules. Even students who routinely do all their homework can be baffled by a sentence in ancient Greek or Latin and go the safe route, just writing down the meanings of some words rather than risking a translation the might be wrong. But it’s always exciting to see that a student has taken a bit of a dare and written down something that may not be 100 percent correct, but shows their willingness to grapple with the ancient Greek and Latin.
That’s my Greek and Latin classes. But consider a visionary like Steve Jobs: The iPhone, iPod, iTunes, didn’t come into being under someone who just did the homework assignments, but someone who wondered, what if we try this, and tweak this, and change this…
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