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Bad pedagogy

Posted by lpearle on 13 April 2006

One of our teachers at MPOW is doing a speech project. The students are expected to find information about a topic (person, place, event, career, etc.) and write a few pages on it, as well as expounding on it in class. One of the classes is expected to use only primary documents.

That’s not a problem when the topic is the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. But Hannibal? Amazingly enough, the eyewitness accounts have vanished. Everything we have is second-hand, at best. Did the teacher think about this when he approved the topic? Somehow, I suspect not.

Please, teachers, think before you allow students to follow their bliss into a topic. Sometimes, the assignment and what they’re interested in just don’t mesh.

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