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Post Mandatory Attendance and Growing Up in Dictatorship
Created by John Eipper on 04/29/14 9:30 AM

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Mandatory Attendance and Growing Up in Dictatorship (Enrique Torner, USA, 04/29/14 9:30 am)

My thanks to John Eipper for his supporting comments on my post of 29 April. One last observation: perhaps I feel so strongly about freedom to attend or not to attend class because, unlike others, I have experienced a dictatorship, and I cherish freedom more than those who take it for granted, because they have never experienced a dictatorship.

These posts about different academic cultures have been great! Thanks, everybody!

JE comments: Enrique Torner's remark about growing up in a dictatorship gets me thinking: is one's worldview necessarily impacted by such an experience? Aldona spent her childhood in Socialist Poland, and to this day she detests waiting in queues of any sort.  (She does, however, require her students to attend class!)

We have a number of WAISers who grew up in the Soviet Bloc, Francoist Spain, Latin American dictatorships, etc.  A question:  how does this experience continue to influence your thinking and/or behavior today?


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