The indirect lesson we mustn’t forget

I was at the Google Apps for Education Summit a few weeks ago. Lots and lots of great stuff, interesting talks, interesting discussion between talks. But there is one thing I learned that I really REALLY must not forget as I plan my courses for next year.

You see, the GAFE summit was held at a high school in Kitchener, and I spent two days sitting in chairs, at desks and in the auditorium. And dammit, it was uncomfortable. I mean ass-numbingly knee-bangingly miserable. And yet, when we see kids being fidgety in class, we often think it’s because they can’t sit still.

The old Golden Rule is do “unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and I suppose the flipside is also true – don’t do unto others what you wouldn’t want done to you. I would rather not have to sit in a hard chair at a small desk all day. So I will try my best not to make my students suffer that fate either.

2 thoughts on “The indirect lesson we mustn’t forget

  1. Ari

    Hmm. Invert the contrapositive back for a moment – how would you improve the conference experience? There’s a lotta sitting in conferences, and I’m not sure that’s going to change anytime soon.

    1. ed Post author

      There is one difference. We choose to go to conferences. We can put up with a little discomfort in the name of gaining something important, usually knowledge. Students have no choice, they have to be there.
      Also, lots of conferences are at least at hotels or other venues with more comfortable chairs.


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