It's already 12.00 am, so saying 'I'm going to give an exam tomorrow' does NOT make sense. So, I'm going to give an exam, 9 hours from now. On Effective Communication Skills. This time round, our syllabus includes 'Thinking'. Critical, creative and other types. Our professor always exhorts us to think creatively, to think 'out-of-the-box', perhaps ignoring the fact that there is nothing so 'out-of-the-box' about the word 'out-of-the-box' these days.
Point is, who decides what's mundane and what's 'out-of-the-box'. My professor loves to think she can. So despite some muttered lines about being non-judgemental, she effectively sorts through replies to some 'thought-generating' ( in essence plain rubbish ) statements she provides us with. Yes, I was judgemental right now, but I don't claim to teach 'creative and critical' thinking, do I? Anywa, she sorts through our replies with a confused 'oh...k' or 'let's see' or 'good' or 'now that sounds like an interesting idea', the last of these accompanied by a loony smile.
Tomorrow, we're basically going to think in our exams and she's going to judge our 'thinking' and grade it. Give us marks and tell us who thinks best. Well, say a government employee working in the same office in the same post for 20 years is BORING. Probably that employee may not find it boring. Probably she (well, when we generalise gender we always use 'he', i decided to experiment with 'she') looks at a new dimension of the job everyday. WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO CLASSIFY THINGS AS MUNDANE OR CREATIVE. GOD ? THE ECS PROFESSOR ? ME ? YOU ?
What, after all, is creative thinking. Any ideas ??? I'd love to know...