OK, yeah, I can be a bit insufferable about the whole students-ride-like-children thing. It’s especially insulting because they are not children. I’ve always been the kind of professor who refuses to refer to them as “kids” because, well, they are adults. So I guess that’s the crux of the problem for me. They are adults. I want them to think and study as adults should. I want them to ride bicycles as adults should.
Call me crazy.
Students arrived yesterday. Today the urban core is crawling with out-of-town parents on the road (a particularly aggravating annual hazard) and students walking and riding bicycles as if they are on a deserted stretch of suburban wasteland, i.e. oblivious to everything.
So here’s what I’ve decided: After I teach the women’s CyclingSavvy class (30 Sept. – 1 Oct. Details coming soon!), I am going to put together a college student class.
Even though I’m grousing a bit, this is one of the most exciting weekends of the year for me. I’m always glad to get back to teaching, and I’m always glad to see the students return. Things seem “normal” again 🙂