Grade Expectations, some Calvin and Buddhist wisdom

Just today, I showed my students this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon to help them understand exactly what Buddha meant by desire being the root of suffering. Thanks to Fil for this one.

I don’t want to explain what this cartoon means since there’s something iffy about a teacher telling his students not to aim for high grades or to lower their expectations. Instead, my only advice is for them to be realistic with their expectations by being aware of exactly what it is they can achieve.


8 thoughts on “Grade Expectations, some Calvin and Buddhist wisdom

  1. Calvin and Hobbes have always served as my bearers of enlightenment.Bravo to you.

    And you are right, there is nothing you can say to your gf that would make her feel any better. She would have to do that by herself. The best thing that you can probably do is treat her to her favorite dessert and make her forget her frustrations for a while. That would beat any zen stuff any time.By the time she finishes her dessert, she would have gained a better perspective of things and would have fallen more in love with you.

    As for geat expectations,allow me to share one of my favorite quotes “If a man does not keep pace with his companions,perhaps it is because he hears a diffrent drummer.Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away” by Henry David Thoreau

  2. You’re right, sir. Expectations can be a great burden — they stress you and bear down on you, and when you can’t fulfill them, you feel that there’s something wrong with you, that you should have done this or that. But… is it right to have low expectations? Shouldn’t we aim high? I’m so confused.

  3. Andie, aim high but be realistic — that’s it. It’s tough to expect the impossible from yourself, but it’s even tougher to push yourself to your utmost potential. The latter requires a self-awareness that must be learned and cultivated. But as I always say, “The greatest conquest is to conquer yourself.”

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