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January 20, 2006

Ruminating on keeping up

Today I've was thinking, as I ran errands, about the time I spend just trying to keep up with what is happening with blogging, and CMC in general. I don't necessarily do an award winning job of staying a head of the curve, but I definitely do ok. But just that, doing ok, takes a lot of time. Time I could be writing, reading journals/books, preping a class, being with my family or friends, or just doing nothing. I'm not begrudging the time, rather I think I'm just beginning to admit that a significant portion of my day, everyday, goes to this process - reading news feeds, reading blogs, and following up on leads I get for other people who read widely. It's not just something I do like washing the dishes, this is something I spend hours doing everyday and I do it for three reasons, because the new information I find 1) informs my teaching, 2) informs my research, and 3) is just fun to know.

I kept thinking about an instructor, non-Ph.D., I had for several classes during my first master's work in Human Resources. In an advanced class he made a statement about an HR law. I raised my hand and asked if he felt the recent U.S. Supreme Court case, x vs. v. (sorry I don't remember the name of the one I was talking about that day), would significantly change the way private enterprises handled the area to which he he had just referred. He answered, and with a proud look on his face to boot, "I don't know what you are talking about, everything I know about HR I learned from textbooks. By the time it's in a textbook we know how it is going to come out." Well as you can imagine I didn't hear anything else for the rest of the lecture, my brain was just to tied up digesting that statement.

So here was a man who was proud of the fact that he only gained information that had been processed by a single author. He thought it was enough to wait for five years for a textbook to be written and published before he knew anything about some of the topics it might address. Most amazing of all he seemed to think it was good, maybe even laudable, that he was teaching practitioners without knowing what they were likely to face their first day on the job. My mind was boogled.

In truth I still am boogled by that attitude, which is probably why I tend to dismiss the time I spend staying on top of things as a trivial endeavor. It's not trivial...but it is necessary. I don't even want to be someone who my students look at routinely - because it will happen sometime(s) no matter how hard you try to make it otherwise - and think "She has no idea what is going on."

Posted by prolurkr at January 20, 2006 06:00 PM

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