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Synonymous with "creativity suppression".

You know the truth? Then pick from these four choices. Or, here, fill-in-a-blank. Too difficult? You'll love True or False; 50% chance, every time!

Don't think, just regurgitate what they told you. Don't ask who told you, just write your neat three-point paragraphs in your neat five-paragraph essays. That's the only way to get an A.

...you...do want to get an A,

don't you?
pratyekayan pratyekayan 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 23, 2010

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namaste.<br />
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Your son reminds me of myself. Some kids "get it" faster than others, and then they get bored. So you space out, doodle on your notes, and then one day you look up and wonder what the hell is on the blackboard.<br />
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But you know what's up; I can tell. Nobody learns what they don't have reason to.

I'm basically proposing that this simple flow of "info in, info out" is inherently flawed. <br />
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You've heard the ex<x>pression "in one ear and out the other". For a lot of kids, that's how it is. They don't give a **** what teach says as long as they pass. Meanwhile, there's the guys like me that those kids cheated off of. <br />
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I'm proposing a more open-ended style of teaching, a style that involves thinking as the center of focus rather than lists of definitions and draconian adherence to the limits of the College Board. <br />
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I took AP classes in high school, and I can't tell you how many times my teachers, God bless 'em, said "This is gonna be on the AP Exam at the end of the year." Everybody wants their college credit, or the five-point grading scale instead of the four-point. And the teachers all only care about the blasted Exam because it's the only thing ob<x>jectively proving they're fit to teach the class. <br />
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But all that exam does is prove you know the material they want you to know, in the way they want you to know it. Truth is not a right answer on a test, I'm saying. It's much, much deeper than that. Knowledge is not acquisition of meaningless facts, and Life ain't Jeopardy.