While we have the food/cooking metaphor going, I am thinking about Food Network. I love watching cooking shows. I am not a chef nor do I aspire to be one. However, I do love to watch, gather ideas, and creating my own dishes. I operate much the same way as a teacher. As I put together a reading list or a syllabus, I am pulling in from many different resources. When I taught middle school I found my own version of the workshop (and before I even knew what it was called as my teaching proceeded Atwell's IN THE MIDDLE) by some years.
So this renewal of the battle over balance is such a waste of time. We know what works. BOOKS and TIME and CHOICE are a good place to begin.