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- Feb 19, 2015
The pandemic has certainly damaged skills with focus, resilience, frustation tolerance, goal-setting, etc.Na, I've got about 10% who are interested. It's a huge drop from before the pandemic. I'm hoping this past semester is a post-pandemic hangover kind of thing with the lingering effects of on-line learning. Had many students who never came to class once, and after weeks in, they'd email me to see if the course was on-line or in-class. Epic. Raking in money as their raison d'être? You don't say! Or should I
But it's also, as I'm sure you know just as well as I, grossly over-used by a generation of excuse-addicts. I spend more and more time and energy sifting the truly crisis-experiencing students from the merely manipulative and melodramatic crisis-proclaimers. Technology's endless spirals of more-return-for-less-input, a culture of entitlement and scapegoating and frantic sensation-seeking, a university "ethic" that tells them they're so special just for blinking, etc., etc.--so many corrupting influences combine.
Or, I should say, temptations. 'Cause it's still up to each person to decide what will influence them and how, what their values should be, etc.
Wow, preachy that. But trying to teach these days is one of the surest ways to rediscover just how correct focusing on character really is. Systems, society, signs, signals, etc., etc., sure. But each person is still the matrix of all that.
Is it Summer yet?