23.3.14

COLLEGE TEACHING IS IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING.

I stated the short form two weeks ago.   Here's the elaboration.
About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on the screen.
The point of a research workshop is to deal with the side issues, which might sometimes be deep trivialities.

The point of a class is to encourage thinking.  The ill-posed and possibly irrelevant question is often the greatest opportunity to get a teaching point across.

Business television precludes both.

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