I am going to resist and not memorize anything I can get my hands on in less than 10 seconds with a Google search or textbook lookup. I am going to resist and try to see more in computer science than a bunch of algorithms and formulas. I am going to try and see this as a form of art. I am going to prove where things can go once we stop evaluating people based on how fast they can code, how careful they are or how much they can dump in their memory. This industry needs change.

My student wrote this blog. He came into the program as a multi-dimensional, highly skilled and multi-talented human being. I can't take any credit.

He ends his article with this:

Poems, everybody! We need poems, no less:

(And, yes, the link to "Another Brick in the Wall" is his.)

Meanwhile, another one of my students told me to keep poetry out of the class. His exact words were, "Poetry offends masculinity." I should get those two into a debate.


Devac:

I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those posts of mine that will ruffle some feathers. Let's make one thing clear: I've tried to put aside my own bias, pretty much failed at it but I am leaving it to show where I'm coming from. I'm only interested in the answer. That's it. It's not intended to be personal. Cool? Thanks.

    He came into the program as a multi-dimensional, highly skilled and multi-talented human being. I can't take any credit.

and this thing from IRC on the 20th November 2016:

    22:32 < lilski> I said earlier that I teach computer science students - but I basically teach them how to be human beings

What does it actually mean? Sorry for being peevish about it, but as someone who is focused on hard sciences and getting patronising treatment from most humanities-oriented people around me ever since I can remember, I can't help but resent some of this attitude (don't blame me, blame multiple people who told me verbatim that I must lack a soul to not appreciate some poem or picture :/). I've read a lot of your posts, many of the ones you've posted before I found Hubski and ones posted since then, but I'm at loss about what you actually do in class. What is the thing that your students lack and how does acquiring it make them into 'human beings'? What's about your students that your aim is to make them into those 'multidimensional human beings'? Sorry, but I simply loathe when in my own life the, supposedly, attuned to humanity people just throw me into some easy 'cog-head' category and go forth with their pre-existing assumption. I'm not angry or resentful specifically toward you, lil, but I'm asking because so far you have proven that you will not just dismiss my questions outright with something along the lines of "you will not understand, untermensh".

Aside from that, I agree with Odder. I had only one such interview so far and it was just… baffling. The guy who was interviewing me seemed to be thrown out of the loop when I didn't answer with some cliche line from a tutorial on interviews. Suffices to say that I ended up working in a bookstore as a clerk afterwards.


posted by lil: 16 days ago