I was excited to go and listen to Cloninger's "Why Teach" speech. This guy has been all over the world speaking about teaching. What a great opportunity. Actually what a great let down. Talk about gloom and doom. Sheesh. I was expecting some uplifting speech about how we could shape the next generation and make America great again. Instead, i got a speech about all the social problems in the world, and vague references to how proper teaching can fix that, with no concrete ideas to what my teaching should look like in order to fix those social problems. I'll give CLoninger the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he usually has more time to expound on his ideas. But i literally got nothing from his speech, and was super disappointed by the end. But hey, at least there was free food!