Richard can be hard to follow & hard to listen to. He knows he knows more than you do but at the same time seems to expect that you get on his level. He's incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject (had him for Euro History but I'm sure it applies everywhere) and enjoys talking with students about the subject or related current events outside of class. He gives pop quizzes very often on the previous reading but if you're honest about not doing it he'll be nice. Highly recommend!!
Curves a lot, but sets the median at a high B, which is fair, but can seem harsh to those who always expect A's. Extremely knowledgable but not super approachable, he has what I find to be a hilarious brand of humour smart, and usually self-deprecating. Loves handing out readings of original source documents, which I really like, but can be hard if you don't have a really good grasp of English (which he used to teach as well). Regardless of your grade in the class, you'll learn lot.
wish i could give him more than five knowledgeable stars. this man is a living god
Richard is a fantastic teacher who pushes his students to be as good as they can be.
Honestly the best teacher I've had. I have learned more in this class than any other.
Richard led me to Therapy.
I absolutely love this class. No teacher I have ever had has made me as interested in the subject. While I acknowledge he does not teach to everyone he certainly attempts to and is very knowledgeable on the subject. The class discussion is great and I have learned so much in his class. I'm sorry so many people hate him because he does seem to be trying his best to help everyone in the class.
An excellent teacher. Learned more in his class than any other at GDS.
The worst teacher I have ever had, and not just because of difficulty (I did better in this class than all my others). He is very unapproachable: if you don't understand a concept, tough luck. He doesn't do a good job of teaching: people worship him as some sort of deity who will give you an infinitely better teaching experience. That's not true: you will learn a lot, but not more than any of the humane, less-egotistical and kinder teachers at GDS. He picks favorites as well, especially legacies
I did poorly in his class but can honestly say I learned SO MUCH in his class. His tests were impossible, but I did enjoy class discussions- even though I hardly ever had answers he was looking for.
I hate reading some of these reviews. Richard Avidon was one of the best teachers I had at GDS. He might not be the most personable teacher, but I learned more in his class than just about any other.
Richard is the kind of teacher where, if you're the type of student who doesn't care to learn, you will suffocate. You can only survive if you take his class very seriously, pay a lot of attention, an
A very bright man, and you will learn more in that class than many others. But Topher and Sue are much better teachers without making your life miserable. And neither of them has such a huge ego.
he is extremely tough, but does recognize hard work... work really hard, and be prepared for outside class thinking
only in richard's class was class time the best part, the discussions we had in class were so interesting, and richard is a truly great teacher
When I was there he went out of his way to make it hard for me. Overall a good teacher though, you kids are not giving him enough credit! Think about what he has taught you. - An old student-
I had Richard his first 2 years as a teacher. He forced me to think and defend my thoughts in his class, strategies I now employ as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher... Thanks Richard
I did well in his class but what he often expects you to know is small, tiny details that do not aid in understanding the larger picture. He expects you to know plenty of stuff never covered in book.
I would never allow another child of mine to have this teacher. He is as arrogant as they come and only teaches to personalities (students) that will engage in his blowhard banter. Abusive to some.
Two years into college and I have yet to find a better teacher. The first test I ever failed was in his class, but he showed me the importance of study and self teaching.
Richard Avidon is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, respectable people I've ever met in my life. He demands excellence, but truly enjoys seeing his students succeed.
Definitely changed my life. Yes, he's extremely difficult... in the end, you will come out of his class more intelligent and educated and ready to take on the world. Give it time
Richard is a great teacher. If you did not like him, you were too scared or too arrogant yourself to get to know him.
I adore Richard, he's one of the best teacher's I've had at GDS. True, he's incredably hard, but he's also interesting and very nice
Funny at times...yet tough as a rock, covered in razors.
Why don't people get off him? He's unneccessarily obnoxious. He thinks he's so bad cause he's a hard history teach, oooooooooo
Tough- but I really respect him and learned a lot from him .Not for those who are easily discouraged. You'll grow to like him even more after taking the class
Great teacher, changed the way i think about school. get him if you really want to learn!
Extremely good, yet tough. BUT...although its true w/ all teachers, Richard, , is the type of teacher who thinks his work takes priority over every other class
I'm about to graduate, and I'm still recovering from the classes I had with him. Very confusing, very difficult, and very unfreindly, even though he tries
The finest teacher at GDHS by far; his tough love is the best college prep one could ever recieve
I had him many years ago. I swear, he went out of his way to make his class hard and confusing. As an adult I am still traumatized by his US history class.
iwould slam my fingers in a door if i hadhim again, excellent teacher though