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Re: Lessons (was Re: Objects and Relations)

From: Gene Wirchenko <genew_at_ocis.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 10:45:58 -0800
Message-ID: <q2jet2976n6ksr31v2560h92u7ncqffhhb@4ax.com>


Bob Badour <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca> wrote:

>Gene Wirchenko wrote:
>
>> Bob Badour <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>JOG wrote:
>>>
>>>>I am finding the whole experience of trying to relay to others what I
>>>>have learnt on cdt incredibly frustrating and disillusioning.
>>>
>>>Let's not let that happen. Teaching the wrong lesson will frustrate.
>>>Addressing the wrong audience will frustrate. Using an ineffective
>>>approach will frustrate. Can you think of any other potential causes of
>>>frustration?
>>>
>>>I have a conjecture--perhaps even an hypothesis: With intellectual
>>>honesty and sincerity, one can choose effectiveness.
>>>
>>>Let's start by taking an inventory. When answering the following, strive
>>>for clarity and brevity. Be succinct and direct.
>>
>>
>> The following is probably incomplete. This is a quick answer.
>>
>>
>>>What lessons have you learned that you might want to relay? (Please
>>>enumerate.)
>>
>>
>> 1) Fundamentals matter more than what is based on them.
>> 2) Theory and practice differ both more than you think and less than
>> you think.
>> 3) If you ignore theory to focus on practice or ignore practice to
>> focus on theory, you are not a specialist, but just
>> half-knowledgeable, if that.
>>
>>
>>>What audiences do you try to reach with these lessons?
>>
>>
>> 1) colleagues
>> 2) students
>>
>>
>>>What approaches have you used?
>>
>>
>> 1) polite argument
>> 2) examples
>> 3) case studies
>>
>>
>>>What other approaches are you aware of?
>>
>>
>> 1) waiting for a disaster
>>
>>
>>>What other audiences might exist?
>>
>>
>> 1) users
>>
>>
>>>What big questions remain unanswered in your mind?
>>
>>
>> There are too many to list, and it will always be that way.
>>
>>
>>>How do you measure success?
>>
>>
>> 1) Does it work?
>> 2) Does it work well?
>> 3) Is it economical?
>> 4) Is it amenable to change?
>
>Seeing as you replied, do you likewise feel frustration when trying to
>reach colleagues and students?

     A certain amount. I am more willing these days to let other people crash and burn. I will warn them, but if they want to persist, I will not stop them. How can I, really, anyway? Then, if I see the crash, I will give a polite I-told-you-so if I think that they are now receptive. If I do not think that they are, I will leave them to wallow. Life is too short to do their work as well as mine.

     And yes, I do see a lot of this. I am working on my baccalaureate. I know far more than my average classmate, but I am aware that I am still ignorant in areas. It keeps me humble. Many of my classmates do not appear to have that awareness about themselves. They do have the ignorance though. It adds up to VI all too often.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko

Computerese Irregular Verb Conjugation:

     I have preferences.
     You have biases.
     He/She has prejudices.
Received on Sat Feb 17 2007 - 12:45:58 CST

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