"But there’s also the very fact that education has changed. My students have to be dis-abused from, very early on, they have to be disabused that I am a servant. I think that’s one of the things that’s interesting is that, often the students get sort of shaped into thinking of themselves as customers and that I am like a service provider. And that’s not the way education works.
Education works that I am your damn teacher, and you are a student. And if you’re, if we have a customer relationship, what customer goes into a business, goes into an establishment, to be pushed? To be challenged? That’s not what customers want. And that kind of customer set up prevents real education.
Where on the other hand, the best parallel to what education is is a coach: I mean if you see a sports team, the player isn’t in a customer relationship, it’s a coach relationship, where the coach is supposed to make you safe, but also: push you. Push you in new directions, push you into new levels, push you into new achievements. And, part of that means you have to be a little bit uncomfortable. Now safety and comfort are two different things. You have to be safe, but it’s gonna be uncomfortable. And I think that one of the things that I wrestle with my students telling them is that like, Listen. You cannot be educated unless you’re uncomfortable.”