As a postscript I might add that my description of our classroom was not a chance prescript to this essay. It was intended as a symbol. It is a symbol of impersonality and sameness. My students study and live and eat in a decor similar to that room. There are roughly 20,000 of them at my school. They are strangers both to me and to each other on the first day of class each semester. If I am to get them to share experiences, and hence to aid each other in the learning process, I must somehow be an agent in breaking down within them the formidable barriers of the "Battleship," with its stifling sameness, impersonality, and functionality. For this reason I do what I do. Is it here appropriate to say a somewhat secular "Amen"?
Gross, Francis L. Jr.
"Jonathan Harvey Coxgull: An Experiment in College Teaching,"
Perspectives: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/perspectives/vol5/iss2/4