TITLE: Sometimes, The Truth Is Boring AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: June 30, 2014 4:29 PM DESC: ----- BODY: MacKenzie Bezos, in her Amazon review of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, writes:
One of the biggest challenges in non-fiction writing is the risk that a truthfully balanced narration of the facts will be boring, and this presents an author with some difficult choices.
Teachers face these choices all the time, too. Whenever I teach a course, I want to help my students be excited about the ideas and tools that we are studying. I like to tell stories that entertain as well as illuminate. But not every moment of learning a new programming language, or a new programming style, or a set of mathematical ideas, is going to have my students on the edges of their seats. The best I can hope for is that the exciting parts of the course will give us the momentum we need to make it through the more boring parts. A big part of education is learning that the best parts of a course are the motivation for doing the hard work that gets us to the next exciting idea. -----