Detritus wrote:My students usually provide something to be clarified, rather than making an assertion which they then refuse to explain.
I say again: Huh?
I made an assertion.
You -- assuming I was misunderstanding the reality of that assertion -- called me on it.
I figured, "Well maybe I do
have it wrong*, since you seem to think a lot of people do, so before we go any further, why don't you make sure I know how it really works?"
Your response: Baffling belligerence.
I mean, your pointed question earlier suggests that the answer is not obvious. When someone asks something like, "In what year was The War of 1812?" it usually means that the answer is not as obvious as it would seem, else why would they ask?
Not sure why you're being so adversarial, since my assumption is that you probably know more than I do and that what you say could actually enlighten me. It sure seems to me that you don't have any interest in having a conversation, you just want me to say something you think is stupid in the hope that you can then embarrass me. Couldn't we just skip that step and get to the part where you tell me what you know? I know that's not how it usually works around here, but I was hoping to buck that trend.
So let's try this: I think tenure means "free cupcakes for the first three teachers through the door on Thursdays." If this is wrong, please tell me what is right.
An honestly interested guy
*I'm used to getting things wrong. I like being corrected if I am. True story.