About this interview
Q. Why did you accept being interviewed? It doesn't sound like your ordinary self.
A. It was only after I had accepted to write an article for APAC on its 25th anniversary, that I discovered that my heart wasn't in it. Frank came to my rescue when he suggested that an interview would give me a chance to speak my mind on a much wider range of topics than an article would. I agreed. Then you sent me your lists of questions. I'm deeply grateful to the three of you for helping me.
In class you rarely answered a question, but always replied with a question of your own. You made us think and work hard, though later you were generous in your support and your grades. Today we want to make "you" work hard. The question is: will you give us direct answers to what we ask you? Will you tell us your view on things?
Nobody can answer your questions but yourself, Frank. Remember how often we reflected about how we all create our own reality -whether in class or in life. Believe me, there isn't much point in me trying to provide answers to your problems. I find it difficult enough to make sense of mine.
Yes, but opinions are a reference, inspiration. So, may I press you friendly but firmly to give some forward opinions? I'm a bit nervous about interviewing you, Ramon, so I'd like to start with something easy, maybe something personal. to get into my role as interviewer. You retired young. Why did you leave? Did you desert us? Didn't you owe us an explanation? Where are you now? Why the silence?
Five questions. Remember never to do that in class! One question at a time may prove difficult enough for your students. Anyway, I'll answer briefly and let's get this personal side of things over with quickly.
Your mind and your body warn you when it is the time to leave. And you'd better heed their voices while you can. I did. After a while I realised that life was giving me a second opportunity and I decided to change fields. Why the silence? I needed it to think and reinvent myself in a different world. The landscape has changed, I'm doing other things, but believe me, I'm still very active.
We know you loved teaching. Don't you miss it?
I miss my students. I learned from them much more than I could ever teach them. And affect is a two-way thing. If you love your students they usually respond to you and to your teaching. I don't miss the teaching itself, nor the institution.