Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Well, which one is it?

So, the Carnival of Education apparently did lead me somewhere. Right into a very odd website . Apparently, in the instructivist's world, all our hands-on ideas are leading students down the primrose path to failure.

What was it I said a few posts ago? Oh yeah, 'Shut up while I teach you some mass, damn it!'

Yeah, apparently, lecturing and rote memorization are the correct way to go. You better fire me now, Makigirl. I guess your students learned nothing this past year.

But it's interesting to see how such a strong, black and white, position, can't hold up its own self-consistency. Check out this post about individualism and this post about biblical literalism , and then tell me how they fit together in a coherent world view. I really doubt that hands on science has been around long enough to cause a majority of Americans to start beliving every last word in the bible. Science education has been failing a lot longer than Gardner.

You want to point a finger. You point it straight at all those math/physics/science teachers who would rather present their material in such a way (lecture) as to weed out students as opposed to teaching them.

Frankly, why don't you go into any physics grad program and just see how much science and math the first year students have learned from their high school and college math/science lectures. You won't be impressed.

1 Comments:

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Instructivist said...

"But it's interesting to see how such a strong, black and white, position, can't hold up its own self-consistency. Check out this post about individualism and this post about biblical literalism , and then tell me how they fit together in a coherent world view."

Could you elaborate a bit on the requirements for a "coherent world view"? Yours is a most curious statement and I am dying to find out what thinking goes into it.

 

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