“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
— Reinhold Niebuhr
I gather that Alcoholics Anonymous has appropriated this prayer. I think I’ll follow their lead. Preparing for exams is always a whirlwind, and it turns out that helping ninth graders prepare for their first cumulative exams of their lives is particularly tornado-esque.
Along the way, our faculty — before the end of the first semester — finds itself already looking ahead to the coming academic year. And I find myself trying to figure out how to write a course description of a computer science course that will appeal to girls without scaring away boys and vice versa. Or, really, appeal to a high school student while simultaneously communicating gravitas to that student’s parents, adviser and college counselor. Oh, and me. Perhaps especially me: I have to teach the courses in the end.
And I find it oddly difficult to be fully serious while writing these course descriptions. Oddly and dangerously unserious. It could be exciting.
Seth Battis January 10th, 2008
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