Ah. What would I tell my new class of students, IF I didn’t have a real fear of being called on the carpet by my dean…ok…that doesn’t bother me, but the complaints that my speech would generate would cause a lot of work for my colleagues and I really would hate that…
But I’d give a PG version of this speech:
Key idea: “if you want to work here, CLOSE.” Whether you are a nice guy or a good parent matters not at all, IN THIS JOB.
Here is the idea applied in this setting: I am here to teach you mathematics. I’ll evaluate how well you learned the math by your work (tests, projects, etc.) Period. I do not care how woke/not woke you are. I do not care if you are religious nor not, tall, short, fat, skinny, athletic, couch potato, white, black, etc.
If you want to make the grade, you need to do work worthy of that grade. And if you want to learn the material, you have to do the work necessary for YOU to learn the stuff. It doesn’t matter if your genius friend does not have to study. It really doesn’t matter if you are working outside of school. It is like running a marathon: if you don’t do the training, you won’t run your best, no matter the reason for not training properly…your fault OR not.
If this seems harsh or unfair: this is how YOU see things …when you want something.
At the big game: what matters? The kicker has to make the kick, the receiver has to catch the ball, the player make the shot. the batter has to get a hit. Do you really care what that athlete did in their personal life, at the time you are watching the game? Does one make an NFL team because they are a “nice guy?”
You are flying in an airplane. What matters? Do you worry if the pilot is “sufficiently woke?” Nope: they have to be able to fly the plane, period.
You are being operated on. Do you choose a woke surgeon that sucks or a surgeon that might not be woke but is good at doing the operation?
You buy a car: you expect the car to be engineered well and to run well.
You drive across a bridge: you expect the bridge to be engineered properly. As they say: “no partial credit” in engineering.
And that is what it is about, IN MY CLASS. You want the grade? Perform. You want to learn the material? Study at the level you need to. Period.
As an aside: I got to this Alex Baldwin video via here. The idea: people have needs and those who meet those needs are the ones who are popular. So..in a sense, winning matters…that is: be good at something; good enough so that others want you to rub off on them. Thinking that you are a “nice, caring person” really doesn’t matter when it comes to having people drawn to you. It CAN make you feel better about yourself and it can help you keep the companionship you find, but it won’t really help you get that companionship.