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Innovation and familiarity in teaching.

Rachel Toor compares academics and aging rockstars in the CHE:

As academics, we get a choice in our work lives. We can opt for a little of both the familiar and the new. That choice is a luxury, perhaps a bit of payoff for the fact that most of us are not earning rock-star salaries. We can teach the same essays, the same texts, and write articles and books on the topics with which we are most comfortable and most adept. But we are also free to take huge risks and follow pursuits that are completely unrelated to anything we’ve done before. Although, at some point, if we’re good enough, someone will no doubt scream, “Play ‘Freebird,’ man.”

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