Imagine this: You’re 16 and sitting bored in chemistry class. The teacher’s lecturing about acids and bases, and you’re thinking to yourself, “This is straight out of the textbook. I could read this on my own.”
So you get up and walk out, without saying a word.
In high school, we all know what happens next: raised voices, stern warnings, a trip to the principal’s office, and possible detention.
Do the same thing in college, and no one bats an eye. Why?
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First, a little backstory: I was that kid sitting bored in high school chemistry class.
While I loved my teacher (high five, Mrs. Mohammed!) and found chemistry interesting, the pacing, rules, and traditional lecture format of the class stifled me.
I wanted to skip the stuff that I could learn from the book (like acids and bases) and wallow in the stuff that actually required a teacher (like quantum mechanics).I wanted to do my homework in the classroom. And sometimes, I just wanted to come out more boring conferences. If the Khan Academy existed in the 1990s, I was everywhere.
But in high school, presence and participation were a large part of the category – so my success held casually sitting at a desk for a disturbingly large time.
Then I went to College, and suddenly everyone was singing a different tune:
Do not want to attend the class? Think you can learn penguin method yourself? Fine. Problem sets are due each Friday, the midterm is in six weeks, the final exam is at 12 weeks and that a list of what each exam will test. Good luck.
Sitting in class, but are not? Fiddling around on your computer? Do not take notes? Penguin method is all copacetic. You are probably missing out. Your loss.