3.11.15

THE NAIL THAT STICKS UP GETS HAMMERED DOWN.

Teachers don't like creative students, notes Marginal Revolution's Alex Tabarrok (via 11-D.)  On one hand, I'm inclined to say "no duh" (and surely could have gotten this post up four years ago).  On the other hand, that's just the tradeoff teachers, and the political system that creates common schools, face.
My experience as a parent is consistent with the idea that teachers don’t like creative students but I try not to blame the teachers too much. Creative people, for better and worse, ignore social conventions. Thus, it can be hard for teachers to deal with creative students in a classroom setting where they must guide 20-30 students en masse.
Yes. On the other hand, "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."  Individuality.  Community.  Both useful.  Both in tension.

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