TITLE: Being Remembered
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: February 19, 2007 12:03 AM
Charisma in a teacher is not a mystery or
a nimbus of personality, but radiant exemplification
to which the student contributes a corresponding
radiant hunger to becoming.
On a day when I met with potential future students and their
parents, several former students of mine sent me links to
I laughed out loud twice while reading it, first at the line
"My god, it's full of cars." and then at the final
panel nod at a postmodern god. The 'cars' line
was a common subject line in the messages I received.
As these messages rolled in, I also felt a great sense of
honor. Students whom I last saw two or seven or ten years
ago thought enough of their time studying here to remember
me upon reading this comic and then send me an e-mail message.
All studied Programming Languages and Paradigms with me, and
all were affected in some lasting way by their contact with
Scheme. One often hears about how a teacher's effect on the
world is hard to measure, like a ripple on the water sent
out into the future. I am humbled that some really neat
people out in this world recall a course they took with me.
Of course, I know that a big part of this effect comes from
the beauty of the ideas that I am fortunate enough to teach.
Scheme and the ideas it embodies have the power to change
students who approach it with a "radiant hunger to becoming".
I am merely its its channel. That is the great privilege of
scholars and teachers, to formulate and share great ideas,
and to encourage others to engage the ideas and make them
-- William Arrowsmith