Don’t Shrug Atlas
Teaching is a big responsibility. I want to make sure that I am aware not to blunt or blight or truncate aspirations and ambitions by providing less that useful or outdated information.
I also use contrarian tactics to provoke thought and push back from students. I will red-shirt an idea to see if I can start a debate. I will play devil’s advocate. But I have to be aware that I am in a position of perceived authority and cautious that my faux cynicism and ersatz sarcasm isn’t taken as gospel.
Its a balancing act
That’s hard. Its challenging to provide balanced views. The opposite of a big truth is another big truth. The risk of trying to convey that is falling short and just contradicting one’s self. That can be confusing and deadening.
The last thing I want to do is give people a bunch of rules that are outdated and outmoded and taking away their spark and dance.
I want to create a safe nonjudgmental place where folks can feel free to let go and dance. Pivot sounds too stiff and one dimensional. We need to dance our changes and course corrections.