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  •  That's funny. (3+ / 0-)
    I had already read most of what was being assigned and it was a conflict between either my being bored or my speaking up and freezing the class..
    If your class couldn't joust with you because they felt at an experiential disadvantage, they had no business being in a grad program. One of the greatest joys of getting an advanced degree at an advanced age is having younger people poke holes in your intellectual balloon.

    “The universe implodes. No matter.” -Liam Williams

    by northsylvania on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 02:51:50 PM PDT

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    •  going to disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      it was a course in educational philosophy.  I had taken a number of philosophy courses as an undergraduate, had been teaching for four years, and had done a great deal of reading in educational philosophy.  Of the assigned texts, there was only one I had not already read.  Almost all the other students in the class were encountering the texts for the first time.

      I did not experience having younger people "poke holes" in my "intellectual balloon."  So I was given additional texts to read and summarize and discuss on my own.  It saved me a trip to campus and was a more efficient and effective use of my time and energy.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:08:11 PM PDT

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      •  kudos to your professor for respecting you - (2+ / 0-)
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        insecurity is often correlated with age and tenure

        I did not experience having younger people "poke holes" in my "intellectual balloon."  So I was given additional texts to read and summarize and discuss on my own.  It saved me a trip to campus and was a more efficient and effective use of my time and energy.

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        by annieli on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:22:04 PM PDT

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