So this last weekend I had the opportunity to experience a hippy music festival (which is not something that I would every recommend doing) and as I’m sure you can imagine, I saw a lot of strange people doing weird things that I’m sure we all know the reason behind (cough* cough* drugs cough*). However, being a sane and normal member of society I wanted nothing to do with those idiots so I avoided that area of the festival. Instead I decided to hang out with my friends by the camp fire and listen to the music a safe distance from all hippies losing their minds. Well needless to say it was forty degrees out and when the morons realized this and the fact that they were only wearing pants, they searched out the only people smart enough to build a fire. Yep, those people were my friends and I. Many of the people who I met that night were actually fairly normal and were just relieved by the opportunity to meet the only other sane people at the festival; however, a lot of them were flat out off the rocking chair. You can probably imagine how amusing it was to have conversations with these people.
One of the people that I met that night was a TA who taught a nonlinear equations class for two years. He seemed nice and for the most part normal and sense I am an aspiring teacher I decided to strike up a conversation on the subject of education by asking “so sense you’ve been teaching for two years what are your thoughts on education, and what advice would you give a future educator ?” Before I tell you his answer let just describe the buy first. He wasn’t wearing any shoes, long grey hiking pants, and a grateful dead T-Shirt. He had long hair and a huge beard that covered most of his wrinkled face. At the time I thought I had just smelled the secants of the woods but after he got up and left I realized that it was him who smelled like a large pile of feces. That picture in mind, in hindsight asking this guy his thoughts on education probably wasn’t the best idea. This is somewhat how our conversation went (read his dialogue in a stoner voice, it’s way funnier):
Hippy: Teaching was great man, but the technology is just too much. Using technology in the classroom just distracts from the learning man. It just gives all these major corporations a way to make money and control use man. They’re getting into the classrooms, controlling what we teach and how we teach it. Technology is just an unnecessary evil that needs to be kept out of the classroom. I mean when are your students ever going to need to use it outside of the classroom.
Me: Cool dude but that’s not what I asked you, I just want to know what your thoughts on the actual concept of teaching are.
Hippy: Oh yeah sorry man (insert nervous stoner giggle here). No teaching’s great, just great it’s such a rewarding career. Just know that you’ll have students you like and students you don’t like and treat them as equals. It’s just the technology man, I didn’t like it and it should be kept out of teaching. I mean why would you use something that you don’t know how it works ya know?
Me: Well why don’t you learn how it works?
Hippy: (long pause)… “You know man, I just don’t want to give the corporations that kind of power. They have control over everything else so why let them in our classrooms. Hey man, you know where I could find any Jelly Beans?” (he didn’t ask for Jelly Beans)
Me: You’re an idiot
I don’t even know where to begin with this moron. First off, you are a teacher, you are supposed to be setting an example for your students and coming up into the woods to a music festival and asking your potential past present and future students if they know where you can find Jelly Beans is the exact opposite of what you should be doing. Second the part about the technology in the classroom. Our world is constantly changing and while I agree with the guy about things like E-books, other forms of technology are vital to the classroom. While this guy may spend his days coped up in the woods avoiding the evils that he calls technology, the rest of his students will be going out and getting something most people like to call a life. If you don’t want one, fine, but don’t take a major part of the real world out of your classroom just because you believe it to be evil. This guy gave me the worst advice that I have ever heard about teaching. One of the girls who went to the festival with my group of friends and I actually had him as a teacher a few semesters ago and she even told me the next day when we left she told me, “he was one of the worst teachers that I have ever had. He didn’t explain anything he tried to teach us and his tests were almost impossible because of it.” Obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.