Critique process has changed a lot since the makers of Six Feet Under went to school…. the art professor/art star strutting around dropping pearls of wisdom to his protege’ is amusing, but not terribly useful. There’s a lot to love here, however, and heck, why not do something that might surprise students, like, “everyone get on the floor…. now!”
I am walking by a small group of students near the library that is in my building. They are deep in discussion, their voices just a blur of conversation. As I pass by, one of them suddenly bursts out: “I mean, can you imagine having to go to the library to look things up on little cards in little drawers???!!!!”
His voice rises in pitch and gets even louder, “WITH THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM???!!!! That’s just crazy!!! I don’t know how anybody found out anything doing that!!!!!”
I, who am now in my 30th year of teaching, proceed on my way, fantasizing that one day, that student will be older and passing by a similar group of students who he will overhear saying, “I mean, can you imagine having to looking things up on a computer???!!! ON THE INTERNET???!!! That’s just crazy!!! I don’t know how anybody found out anything doing that!!!!!”
Revenge is sweet, if only in one’s fantasies.
I am walking into the building I work in. As I do, I pass by a student whom I do not recognize. He is talking animatedly into his cell phone, gesturing wildly, running his hand through his hair, pacing back and forth. He is clearly distressed in some way. As I near and then pass him, I overhear the following:
“It’s just crazy how much work there is! And it doesn’t help that I’m still acting like I’m in undergraduate school!”
He pauses to listen, and then continues, “Right, right…. I’m just doing stuff like, like… Well, I’m still going to the Library to look things up, for God’s sake!!!”
The rest of the conversation goes unheard as I enter the building and the door sighs closed behind me.
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