How come we gotta do this stuff, Mr. Hall?
"Because it's a requirement" or "because I'm in charge" is pretty much the answer that most teachers give, but I was always much more insidious than that. And my answer was always, "I'm glad you asked that, I can tell you..." much to the groans of the people who were really just trying to tell me that they saw no point in it. But I took it as a cue. And maybe, just maybe, the person asking the question really wanted to know. I am an eternal optimist. And many times over the years, it was proven to be true.
If you ask me, "Why do I need to know Adobe Illustrator, I already know Adobe Photoshop, aren't they the same?" you are about to get a big smile from me and I will launch into the description of my favorite software programs. I will go on and on about vectors. I will talk about how great it is to not have to worry about resolution, or pixillation. In fact, you will have a hard time getting me to shut up.
Students have a perfect right to ask, "why do we gotta..." And a good teacher should be able to answer that with a smile. After all, that is the reason we are in this class right now. I am happy to explain! That's my job! But I always ask permission to do so before I proceed. If you are still there after I say, "I'm glad you asked that, I can tell you, would you like to know?"
If you're gone, or say, "no", I won't. It's only fair.
Posted by Brad Hall