4 thoughts on “Great ideas, but will they work?

  1. Not only does the second argument presume that teachers know what students need to know, it presumes that students know themselves fairly well. How many high school kids really know what they want to do with their lives? How many will change their minds once or twice when they get to college? Or even choose to pursue a second career later in life?

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    1. Good point. It never occurred to me to expect students to be interested in something that had any real life value. I’m either way too cynical or way too stupid.

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    1. If you’re asking me whether I’ve deliberately set out to spark passion among students in some subject, the answer is no. My teaching has mainly been first year college composition. I taught writing as a tool students could apply in whatever work or avocational interests they had. I’ve had a few students with some genuine writing talent, but none with a desire to be a writer. I figure I’ve done my job by giving them skills and confidence to develop their talents later on if they chose.

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