One of my favorite reporters attended my class on wednesday. The Hawthorne Effect was out in force and here is what I said . Would I have lectured about more "conventional material" had she not been there? Who knows? Who cares? My wife (and my students) thinks that my wacky quotes are funny and that's all I care about.
I do suggest that you read the entire piece. Its a nice overview of what UCLA's Institute of the Environment has achieved in building up a first rate major. The IOE's Keith Stolzenbach and Cully Nordby deserve a lot of the credit for designing this very serious major. I teach one popular elective -- so I'm a cog in this bigger machine and I can honestly say that the machine functions quite well.