I had this one teacher that drove me crazy. He would give us the stupidest assignments. They were always half-thought out, and never clear. We struggled like crazy to know what the heck he wanted from us. I was a very driven student and wanted to do well, but I never knew what I had to do to please him. It was probably one of the most frustrating classes I ever was in.
Looking back, I think he was brilliant.
It was the first time that I ever was forced to create a project that I set the standards for myself. I had to self-evaluate, and create something that I thought was quality work. I wasn’t simply vomiting up what I thought the teacher wanted to hear; I was thinking for myself, and it was probably one of the classes in which I learned the most.
It also taught me an important lesson: Whenever you think someone is a complete idiot or a terrible person, if you really take the time to get to know them, you will usually find something that explains their behaviour in a way that changes how you feel about them. He knew exactly what he was doing. He knew that we were a group of dedicated students, and he wanted to give us the opportunity to be the best we could be.
Anyone else out there have a story of how someone they thought was evil turned out to have motivations that you just didn’t understand at the time? Please share!