I’m on my way out the door of this very fine hotel, for the airport and several blissful days at home. I want to thank everyone for their conversation on the need for college. My time in college was a uniquely formative experience. I got introduced to a broader world of possibilities, and changed my major about a dozen times. I think that all of those “useless” courses made me a better social studies teacher.
Still, college must adapt to a changing time. But, as was mentioned by John Brandt, teaching is a aboration of this phenomena. Teachers are expected to remain teachers for their career. Most teachers enter the profession, expecting to teach. It is a process and a word environment that is static, and many aspects of it should remain static — human. But we are so isolated from the conditions of the broader world, where innovation has become our mantra, and this is good. But there is a dark side to innovation. When was the last time you went shopping for toothpaste. What a decision. Do you want tartar control, teeth whitening, minty-fresh, new extra formula, blah blah blah. Innovation has become the competitive edge and it just results in too many decisions — too much information.
Boy, do I sound whinny. The ability to innovate is an essential skill and it is something that our children should be leaving school with. At what point are we going to reach a saturation, or worse yet, a singularity, where we just lose contact with what’s real and what’s old, for the sake of always looking for what’s new?
I’m I really getting to be that crotchety?
Thanks also for the info on exfoliating cleansers. One more question though. Is it supposed to make your skin tingle? Kinda nice! 😉