Their Way

“I came with all my books, lived in dorms, followed directions.
I worked, I studied hard, met lots of folks who had connections.
I crammed, they gave me grades, and may I say not in a fair way.
But more, much more than this, I did it their way.”

Many years ago, I heard this, I Did It Their Way, on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, originally by Bob Blue.

I still have that rendition on a cassette tape somewhere.

But now, finally, there is an excellent youtube rendition:

“And so, my fine young friends, now that I am a full professor,
Where once I was oppressed, I’ve now become the cruel oppressor.
With me, you’ll learn to cope. You’ll learn to climb life’s golden stairway.
Like me, you’ll see the light, and do it their way.”

Dedicated to all our prospies…


  1. #1 Isabel
    April 15, 2013

    Very nice post (and also funny). It is food for thought about self-directed learning and the role of assesment. I reproduced it (with your name, http, etc., of course) in my own blog.

  2. #2 tylerh
    behind the orange curtain
    April 22, 2013

    I am deeply, deeply disturbed that the banner ad I see heading Stein Sigurdsson’s blog has picture of a Gothic Cathedral with the copy text

    “Viking River Cruises. Exploring the word.”

    Who says Google’s algorithms don’t have a sense of humor?

  3. #3 crd2
    April 27, 2013

    and all I got was a crummy Netflix ad. Lame.

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