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importance of a classroom

As a student, I aways berated the fact that the teacher expected us to go prepared for a class and ask questions. Perhaps I was correct, but now as i am no longer able to be in a similar atmosphere, I do wonder whether it was after all the correct thing to do. There are so many interesting things in the world, so much that we know so little about,. the best way to achieve results is to brainstorm, yet how many of us do that? And axctually, how many of us CAN do that? If today a play from Shakespere interests me all over again, I will read it, open a dictionary, go over a thesaurus and a bit of mythology and dervive what meanings I can of it, and reach my own interpretations. but imagine the excitement and the involvement when I discuss it with a freind or two. We debate. we discover more salient points and point of views than I could have even dreamed of. My interest in the subject rises, and soon I dont just know that play of Shakespeare, but have doubts on it, know the history of it and a number of interesting albiet useless pieces of information on it. Time consuming? Yes, but also immensly more helpful than a lonely excercise.
Perhaps this is what our teachers always wanted. but to think this out demands interest, and interest can hardly ever be generated for someone who thinks it is COMPULSARY to do it. it is not your free will which decides, thus it cannot be nice.
But today, given a chance, there would be so many of my lessons and my freinds, class mates and teachers with whom I would like to sit, and actually be told to spend time discussing stuff. Getting to know stuff better, rather than be expected to know it, and battle with many other things to Find the time....like we do now.
Oh! How nice it would be to have a place where we discuss the same topic un-interrupted.

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31st Aug, 2004 06:03 (UTC)
It is still possible-albeit not in a physical room
I've faced the SAME problem as you-except in my case, the things I wanted to discuss were not the sort that the balance 99% of the people I was moving with would be interested in, or even know anything about.
I've seen so often, one makes a witty comment in class-and none but the teacher can understand or appreciate the humor-the rest of em just goggle at you. Blame it on short attention spans and the decline of the reading habit.
Anyway-the net is a far better place to carry on such talk-this is a medium where the only distinguishable thing about you is your intellect, and the quality of your posts. All other parameters like physical characteristics vanish. Like the famous NY times cartoon-'On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog.'
This is a good enough forum, there must be others as well.
Keep going, you can be sure I'll add my tuppence from time to time!
2nd Sep, 2004 04:58 (UTC)
Re: It is still possible-albeit not in a physical room
so you were the insufferable bore in class!
JOkes apart, i feel you ure missing the importance of being present in person than waiting over net, where even though one does not discriminate between a dog and a human, u may as well not have spontaneous conversation. the type of conversation which involves facial contortion, and body language - the type which brings out ur meaning more than written text ever can. and the type that can be shorter and faster if u really get down to it...and meander...
about ppl discriminating against u becoz of appearance...well all i can say is u r thinking of the wrong kind of ppl.
however, me always open to a forum of any sort...and when the best is not feasible all the time, thou shalt rely on the second best. after all he who laughs last laughs best (dont ask how that relates!)
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