Then, when I deliberately took a position in a private school so I could work with students for longer than a single school year
I guess I’m not ready to believe this is true.
David Ng
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This is the key, I think. I taught at a big state university, where the chance to interact with the students individually was rare enough to begin with, and most students just wanted to get through the 15 weeks and fill their requirement and not have to touch the topic again afterwards.

It didn’t help, I suppose, that I taught political science, which is, by nature, more “political” than “science,” whereas I always thought that the biggest problem with it was that there was too much politics in the field, and I kept coming with ways to make it more “scientific,” by throwing situations at students where their usual ideas about politics didn’t apply and required them to think out of box. Some students absolutely loved it, but the average student really didn’t, and the admins absolutely hated me for going off the reservation without making the average student happy.

I wonder what a society full of vertical learners would look like. It’ll drive a lot of people crazy for sure. Disruptive, definitely. I’d love to be in it. Not sure if I’d want to be in charge of running it, though. :)

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