Speaking of defense, it got me thinking about when defense is appropriate and when it isn't. Defense is appropriate at a football game, yes, and also while driving, but not all the time during life. I think people are too defensive these days. I think especially students are too defensive, both with me and with each other. I believe that most people are good people at heart so why must we always have our guard up? So many times during the teaching day, I ask a student a question and they immediately become defensive. It doesn't matter if I'm reprimanding them for something or not, they are quick to put their guard up and therefore close their eyes and ears to the truth.
Defense is important...at the right time, but being nice and listening to people is more important.
See you from the podium,