Not a "þetta reddast" kind of place

I am working on the syllabus for the class I am going to be teaching starting next week. I went through teacher training a few years ago, and recall one point of advice was to make the syllabus long and elaborate. I discovered actually the first time I taught that I had not been specific or elaborate enough on the syllabus for that class, so indeed it is true. The syllabus is like a contract between the student and the teacher, and it needs to spell out all sorts of particulars.

I suppose it is a good thing though, in terms of preparing students for the real world, where things are definitely going to be complicated and elaborate. I mean, just trying to find housing in the Bay Area is a challenge of Herculean dimensions, and only those who are diligent, patient, and tolerant of elaborate systems will ever manage it.

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