Thursday, November 19, 2015
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
One point I'm coming to realize is that many of the things that drive me crazy in higher ed come, in part, from a type of restlessness. This restlessness isn't entirely bad--we are supposed to be people seeking new knowledge, which inherently requires a certain restlessness. Additionally, education involves hard problems, and we have an obligation to try. Consequently, we sometimes have to act in defiance of some hard realities. Being defiant and iconoclastic, I'm not a priori averse to defying hard realities. To the extent that denying reality keeps you pushing forward, I think it's noble. When it gets you chasing in a circle, it's a problem. And when denying reality gets you rushing to embrace conventional wisdom, it's time for me to go see my headache specialist.
Posted by Alex Small at 10:56 PM