reading English is so freaking hard. but you learn so much by doing it. i have to admit, i've learned a lot by participating in this English class. but i have to ask myself, could i have learned the same lessons by going through cliff/spark notes...?
i don't think so, because the real lesson comes from personal insight, not the insight of the community. people learn more when insight is intrinsic (not sure if i used that right), when they produce the innovative thesis that has never been thought. and the innovative thesis can never be thought if the work hasn't been put into its creation.