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Dr Benway's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by Dr Benway

Richard, I think this is a compliment.

Young people can't express their admiration toward you as they might toward a rock star or sports hero without feeling conflicted about that. Being a fan is a little too close to playing the syncophant, which you just can't do if you view yourself as an independent thinker.

So the admiration must be tempered with a bit of humiliation. All the best teachers get this sort of treatment from each new generation of students.

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 04:51:00 UTC | #143969