some of us are brave
I was trained in the Sandy Darity school of academic presentations…and the Vivian school of self-defense. I think a lot of people should take their life classes. Because this kind of bullying is never OK and too few of us in academia train junior scholars on how to deal with it. Even fewer of us stand up for them when it happens. For that we should all be ashamed.
For years and years I taught 3D computer modelling and animation to architects and interior designers. As you probably know, when you have been teaching something difficult for a while you start to see the same mistakes over and over again. It’s easy, dangerously easy, to forget that it’s new people making these same mistakes and get, well – grumpy.
A student taught me this important lesson one day in a computer lab. I don’t even remember what I was trying to teach her, but I do remember she was an infuriatingly slow learner. My impatience grew till eventually (I’m ashamed to admit this) I literally grabbed the keyboard out of her hands and said something like “No no no! You do it THIS way”.
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