I was looking around the blogosphere this evening, thinking about how much content people manage to transmit to their students. I don’t get enough of that done, because I am so busy being Dr. Socratic Method to a bunch of people who can’t be arsed to remember anything and have to be re-told/re-led to the same conclusions over and over again. And I get behind. And all my plans to be really good at my job fall apart, because I’m not making them learn enough stuff, and I’m not getting through what I want to get through, and I’m not delivering enough content.
I am teaching some of them how to read primary sources, though. Unless they talk about religious stuff, in which case, roughly 70% of my students will fall into ignorant credulity and talk about how clearly miracles must have happened if people said they did.
But anyway. Did you were worry that people think you’re good at your job in part because they don’t know any different? I wonder how they’d feel if they had to get through some of my medieval colleagues’ classes. It’s stuff like this that makes me worry I couldn’t cut it somewhere else.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Call the Whaaambulance.