History Does Repeat Itself
Way back in the nineties, I considered a career in education. Me teaching Social Studies – History in a High School near you. Well that did not work. I did however go thru most of the classes required. I even did my 3 months of student teaching. The best part of it was arriving at the conclusion that education as in schools and classes was not for me.
Actually not, actually there was some pretty interesting stuff that I got exposed to. I got to introduce Amadeus, the movie, to a bunch of juniors and seniors in Spotswood High School and talk about the concept of genius following it. I got to check out a political science class where I got to try to integrate empiricist and marxist approaches on the subject, and had the pleasure of suggesting classical rhetoric as an alternative to educational psychology. And in my last class, I got to read Milan Kundera and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, with the intent of perhaps finding out what is next in education. I had a good time.
Shame that today in a conversation about those years, those studies, what was brought up was not the above but the cost of those classes. Instead of looking at what was gained, what was explored, we hear about the investment and the apparent limited return on it. The capper was that I did not complete the program and that perhaps I should perhaps go back and complete the degree.
No doubt I would love to go back, but not to finish any degree. Fortunately, I bring the same fucked up attitude to music promotion.