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    an all-new prep. for a course I had never taught before, I might seriously consider killing myself.  I have become that old joke about the creature called the sea squirt, which, in larval form, swims until it finds a nice rock to attach itself, and then, because it no longer needs it, the sea squirt eats its brain.  (The punch line is "Kinda like tenure.")

    My chair has threatened to have me teach the chemistry course for nurses, but I can't imagine myself teaching that.  I want to explain things, and that course is not about explaining anything.  The students are not interested in understanding anything.  For them, the course is just to be survived, and then forgotten.  For the instructor, the point is to transmit the necessary facts and don't worry about explanation because there just isn't time for it.  The whole course goes against my philosophy of pedagogy.  I fear I will get bogged down in explanations and never finish the required course material.

    -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audreyrenee

    by gizmo59 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 07:33:33 PM PDT

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