Friday, February 06, 2009

From sea to shining sea…

I had my first seminar today with the kids.  It was interesting to see, to be completely honest.  It was sort of like the first time you paint a picture with a brush in school: a God awful mess.  But I’ll be damned if it’s not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen at the same time.  It’s interesting to hear the opinions of people who are certainly a lot more humbled than I was at their age.  I often get caught up in the largely apathetic attitude towards school in most of the students I meet in my teaching career, but most of these students are different.  By God (whichever one you prefer), most of these students actually care.  The best part is that their opinions aren’t entirely misinformed.  They certainly make assumptions that they perhaps shouldn’t at times, but that’s all a part of growing as a philosopher and as an budding intellectual.  Either way, I was impressed with their performance.

On a completely different topic, I’ve been having a look at a plan for travel in the summer.  It’s going to be a lot to spend given the fact that I need to also take my specialist in history.  As of now, the plan is at least 5 countries in just under a month abroad.  It will certainly be pricey, but my time in London will mean at least free room and board.  For now, I’m excited to at least say that something is in motion on that front.

And lastly, what is it with people just not getting it?  I mean, I know that I make some bad choices and I’m usually trying to improve when I do, but the level of insensitivity in the world is nuts.  It blows my mind to think that someone can honestly make a decision like one that I saw today.  It’s baffling.  Cluelessness.  I really can’t divulge anything about it, but I bet that someone is agreeing with me.  I suppose it’s just amusing, if anything, to think that some people walk through life as absolutely ignorant and senseless as they do.  It just highlights why crazy things happen in this world – like George W. Bush being re-elected. 

1 comment:

zer0dotcom said...

Guess it's another example of you never really know what to expect. It's always a treat when it goes better than you planned it...unfortunately, we rarely plan for the best. We're programmed from day one to expect the worst.

It sounds from your blog that they'll give you a good term in the class, especially now that it's your own classroom (if I read that right, I still don't think well before noon) There is NO feeling that when you first realize that a classroom is yours to do with what you please. Congrats buddy, glad to hear things have taken a turn for the better!

- Beaton