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Roger Soder (Education)


Soder, Roger (Education)

Roger Soder (Education)
Office: MGH 211, Box 353600
Email: rsoder@uw.edu

A word on the photo... Taken at Kruger National Park, South Africa, April 2019. I was with a guide. We were driving around; he suggested we leave the jeep to get an unusual view of three cheetahs.  Sleeping, he said, so no problem. We walked a couple of hundred yards, and there they were. I’ll take your picture with them, he said. The resulting photo you can read for yourself. I was not thrilled. Not bothered enough to bail out, not thrilled about staying. But I did stay, figured the guide knew what was what, and it worked out okay.  

We often experience the tension of bail or stay situations. Rather like the first couple of sessions of a class. Or the first few days on a job.  Or choice of occupation. Sometimes bailing makes good sense. The class is a mistake, you thought it was political philosophy, turns out to be multivariate analysis, and you don’t have the math to make it work even if you tried hard. Maybe the job forces on you unwanted ethical dilemmas. The choice of occupation turns out not to be an authentic choice, but merely a grudging and superficial meeting of the demands and expectations of others.

But sometimes bailing is the wrong move. We sometimes leave too soon. The challenges and complications prompting a bailout might well turn out to be exhilirating, leading to serious growth and delightful and unexpected experiences.  

How to know what to do? There are no rules for the proper application of rules. All we can do is know where to find ourself, know how to keep a balance between prudent skepticism and a welcoming of the unknown. In a word, wisdom.

That’s what guides my choice of ideas to consider in a class, the choice of texts, and how we are going to conduct ourselves throughout the quarter and beyond. And here, I am happy to say, I find my colleagues feeling the same.

It’s not good to advance claims but preclude responses. So if you want to respond, that’s easy. I can be reached through dear old email: rsoder@uw.edu.

Instructor's Honors Course History

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Course Title
Yr
Qtr
SLN
Details
HONORS 230 A Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2019 4 15996 View »
HONORS 230 A Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2018 4 15878 View »
HONORS 230 A Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2017 4 16061 View »
HONORS 230 A Leadership, Democracy and a More Thoughtful Public 2016 4 15841 View »
Honors 230 A Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2015 4 15551 View »
Honors 232 B Who should learn what and why: the political & moral context of education & schooling 2014 2 14701 View »
Honors 232 A Political and Moral Context of Education and Schooling 2013 2 14570 View »
Honors 230 B Democracy, Leadership, and a More Thoughtful Public 2013 4 15208 View »
Honors 232 A Political & Moral Context of Education & Schooling 2012 2 14434 View »
Honors 230 B Leadership, Democracy & a More Thoughtful Public 2012 4 14907 View »
Honors 231 A Political & Moral Context of Education & Schooling 2011 1 14267 View »
Honors 230 B Leadership, Democracy & a More Thoughtful Public 2011 4 14787 View »
Honors 263 C Perennial Issues of Education and Schooling 2010 2 14003 View »
Honors 230 B Leadership, Democracy & a More Thoughtful Public 2010 4 14597 View »
Honors 261 C Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2009 4 View »
H A&S 261 C Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2008 4 14197 View »
H A&S 261 D Leadership, Democracy, and a More Thoughtful Public 2007 4 13874 View »

 

 

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