Moved to a point of cathartic release…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP7dbl0rJS0&feature=youtu.be

I just watched Michael Wesch’s TedTalk about his baby and the learning curve one goes through when not being afraid to fail.  It is completely different when the age of innocence has been lost and we as a society are forced into boxes of performance milestones which when not successfully passed means some students are literally left behind.  As a future professor these are topics I address quite a bit in my blog (amongst other things), but, most importantly I challenge archaic methods of teaching.  I’m so pleased to see that Mr. Wesch can verbalize with character depictions some thoughts that I’ve had locked away in my head.

Some professors in PhD programs are so stuck in how “they progressed” through a program of study that they aren’t willing to allow new generations, albeit the future generation of professors, to explore innovative ways of doing things.  So many are living the “if I had to suffer then you do as well” mentality.   Sorry Charlie, we will not allow you to continue the destructive nature of repeating an inept cycle.  Some of us did come from challenging life experiences as stated in Mr. Wesch’s video and we know dysfunction when we see it.   Let alone the complete disinterest that undergraduates are subjected to when taking a course from a “brilliant researcher” who has zero capacity to express empathy.  We must continue to have valid and relevant conversations addressing these concerns.  As a top educational facility we are shaping the next generation of this country and we owe it to society to think outside the box and allow all forms of expression which result in real leaning, not just the checking off of milestones.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

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6 Responses to Moved to a point of cathartic release…..

  1. Jyotsana

    Thank you for your post Lehi. I agree with all of the thoughts that you’ve included in your blog post. I’ve seen some of that same challenges when it comes to innovative teaching methods. Change does mess people up even though it is the only constant – a lot of times however the boxes are SO EASY that people stop seeing past them and ultimately continue the cycle of non-innovative methods of teaching and researching. As the upcoming educators we definitely need to think, challenge and stick with some of these questions that you are proposing – no better way to facilitate change, right?!

    • nordicgod

      Good afternoon Jyotsana,

      You are correct and I believe that change brings opportunity but only if people are willing to overcome fear. YES, we are HERE to facilitate this change!

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  2. Selva M

    This is a great post and I agree with you on so many points. I agree with your point that is really does take being empathetic to be able to connect with students. Also, there’s so much to be said for being able to relate to others when you yourself have gone through struggles or hard times. Your post reminds me of something one of my old professors would always say to me when he asked me a question and I responded with, ‘well, that seems to be the way that other researchers did it.’ He would literally sigh and say, ‘historical inertia is never an excuse to continue doing something.’

    • nordicgod

      Good afternoon Selva,

      Your old professor was a brilliant man and now I can use that quote and at least seem a little bit smarter!!! LOL! Yes, I think those of us who have suffered to get this far in the academic setting are willing to go to great lengths to make the process interesting and rewarding along the way.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  3. carteran

    Lehi, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I completely agree with your statement about the mentality of many of our faculty today. It’s unfortunate that many take joy in watching heir students suffer simply because they have the ability and authority to do so. I’m of the mindset of, I suffered and I don’t want those working with and under me to suffer as well. I want to be a shield and begin a revolution to treat students with decency and respect; to challenged them to expand their comfort zones; to help the get uncomfortable with things that previously made them comfortable but to do so in a way that creates an environment of care. There’s so much more to be said about this particular topic and I hope that we continue to dive deeper into it as the semester progresses!

    • nordicgod

      Heya!

      I’m absolutely down for being a shield and starting a revolution! Let’s get it done! The reality is these undergrads have to start breaking boundaries in order for the world at large to change.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

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