Engaging Emotionally

The university is offering a workshop titled “How can I engage the emotions of my students?”

I often think that these pedagogy experts haven’t met an actual student since 1955. The problem with real existing students is precisely that they are too emotionally engaged. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to say, “I’m not trying to engage with you emotionally. I’m trying to engage with you intellectually. I don’t need to know how you feel but what you think.”


5 thoughts on “Engaging Emotionally”

  1. This is important, especially in literature. A lot of people have difficulty separating their emotions from their intellectual interpretations. It makes me wonder if this is why people still believe in authorial intent interpretations — they can’t separate emotion from interpretation, and end up judging the author based on their own inability.

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      1. Especially when it comes to SJW topics. Like the giant hissy fits that happened when GoT first became really popular.

        Also I hated the questions in English class that asked what the author’s intent was when writing x work. They need less of those.


          1. Yes, but that’s in college. All too often elementary and even some high school English courses or tests contain those questions.

            I had a Western Humanities professor who asked those questions. That class was (and still is) very much a literature class, but they had people from different departments teaching it, not just literature professors. The professor in question was a philosophy professor. That course was awful for a number of reasons, but his clear belief in authorial intent was what really made me hate the class.


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