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  •  Wow, do I EVER feel your pain! (11+ / 0-)

    I get the sense when I'm teaching the survey courses in history that I'm more UNDOING what they learned in high school than educating them, but I'm probably wrong. I'm using an American Studies approach wherever possible too.

    -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:52:24 PM PST

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    •  It is deeply disheartening to see the gap (13+ / 0-)

      grow, not shrink, between what needs to be conveyed to K-12 students (especially those in high school) and what actually gets taught.

      Unlearning is about right for most students by the time they finish. On the other hand--a conversation I had with my daughter yesterday reminded me that her government teacher has a hard row to hoe. (My younger daughter is a HS junior, taking one of the few remaining required HS civics classes.)

      I can't remember exactly how it came up, but she was telling me about something in her class, to which I responded (as tactfully as I could, since neither of my kids while in HS has been terribly fond of having a teacher-mother) that "you know that the U.S. is an imperial power, right?" She said yes, of course mom in that impatient HS way. But then she continued that she suspects that her teacher often wants to say more than she does, but censors herself in order not to cause too much controversy. And that there are very conservative kids in her class who give the teacher a hard time anyway.

      This is in a purported "liberal" bastion, by the way; my own daughter (for the moment) is also fairly contrarian at least in terms of political affiliation. I say the latter to observe that she and her classmates are still very much in process.

      It's very tricky to teach these almost-adults. Their analytical ability is emerging, but they usually don't have the skill to do very much with it yet. At the same time, they love to have strong opinions.

      Hmmm, discussions like these always make me wistful about not being in a classroom!

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:05:31 PM PST

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