An Adversarial Environment

| Learning | October 25, 2013

(One of our major projects is to to make an environmental film. My teacher assigns me to a group with the class clowns in order to ‘inspire’ them. We turn in a film that is 10% environmental talk, 90% fight scene. Later…)

Teacher: “[Me], is something the matter? This film isn’t up to your normal standards of work. Did you have trouble with the assignment?”

Me: “Actually, I feel I did rather well. You put me with both [Student #1] and [Student #2]. What did you think was going to happen?”

Teacher: “…fair enough.”

(The other students got Cs; the highest grade that they had managed all year. I got an A+, along with a chocolate bar for ‘patience while faced with extreme adversity.’)

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