Teachers and books, was: Re: Thomas Hardy
emcmullin at kl.com
Thu Jan 6 14:27:06 EST 2000
"I was arrogant in the sense that I was hopelessly stuck up about
> much smarter than my teachers. Treating my teachers as more or less
> wasn't a problem; it was looking down on the stupid ones."
Wow, I always have admired this in classmates. My boyfriend was
that way - one of his favorite pastimes in any class was to make sure he
knew more than the teacher and then, well, generally give the teachers a
hard time and keep them on their toes. He was extremely motivated lol! What
a nightmare for the poor teachers! But I enjoy hearing about it because
it's a very refreshing attitude to me, and I have to laugh because I bet a
lot of learning happened all around - whereas my memories are of stultifying
boredom and huge efforts to try to pay attention. It would never have
occurred to me to challenge authority like that! What a misspent youth.
Anyway, he has since taught so justice has been done there ;)
"I was not very nice to her. So mainly I feel
> guilty for being rude in general...I do wonder if I missed learning
> from her because of my attitude. Probably not. :)"
Nah, the Forces of Mind Numbing are very strong in those years - you
had to defend yourself! If one can survive the not-so-good teachers and
appreciate the good and great teachers, then that sounds like success to me.
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