Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Off the cuff--and off the syllabus

Things I have told my first-year students this semester:

"I'm not a Staple Nazi." (Because I'm more interested in what's written in the paper than in how the pages are connected.)

"You may do this activity in small groups or independently. You pick." (Because sometimes a little self-direction is helpful.)

"Everyone who lives long enough eventually turns into Rush Limbaugh." (Not entirely true but relevant in context.)

"You have a moral obligation to visit the new ice-cream shop in town." (Because I believe in educating the whole person.)

"You're right, but why are you right?" (Because that's why we're here.)

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