and so the student becomes the master*
nice moment today. i'm in the office with an undergrad who interned with me recently and a grad student. i'd asked the grad to critique a paper that i'd like to send off for review (like, NOW!) and s/he gave me a sound thrashing on some key points.
i was happy to get the constructive feedback, since a sound thrashing is waaaaay better from one of my students than from an anonymous reviewer. the undergrad, who probably figured that i knew a lot more than i actually know, seemed impressed but not intimidated by the grad student. all this made me appreciate (a) the quality of my students; (b) the advantages of being tenured and (relatively, of course) secure about my place within the discipline; and, (c) the potential upside of benevolent leadership.
*for those who know the picture, i understand that jhoon rhee was not technically master to bruce lee's student, but he did teach young mr. lee some pretty cool tae-kwon-do kicks.