Re: Using Teaching Methods vs.
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (freemason@AOL.COM)
Sat, 12 Feb 1994 00:05:24 EST
On Thu, 10 Feb 1994 22:07:21 EST Nathan Brindle <NBRINDLE@INDYCMS.BITNET>
>Your mention of the cellular phone and signalling in the same breath
>reminded me of this. When we taught signalling and Morse code, it >was not
so much with the expectation that it would one day be >useful (although
certainly that was not discounted) as it was done >to train young minds in
how to grasp alien concepts and make them >their own. The same sort of thing
can be done with languages;
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>I think we sometimes forget the teaching points we can make when >a boy
learns Morse, or signalling, or knots because we concentrate >more on him
learning them because "they're required!" (Naturally, >Morse and signalling
aren't anymore, and I agree, to the detriment >of the program. But I believe
the point is still valid.)
Nathan, you said exactly what I intended to say, but instead I went off on
that shaggy dog story. Thank you a lot ;D
It would be nice of the kids were taught how to grasp alien concepts in
school as well as in Scouting. The "whys" of teaching the boys these things
seem to have fallen by the wayside, and, like you said, they are taught
because "they are required."
Unfortunately the kids' intelligences are insulted because the school systems
are looking at basing the level of teaching effort on the outcome, i.e., test
scores and diplomas, while not teaching the kids to THINK. MTV, Little
League, and school have helped create a facile generation, with expectations
of having everything handed to them. This leads to knowledge complacency,
and the creation of "sheeple," who only follow instead of lead. I shudder at
the thought of Beevis and Butthead running this country [Gad, I just turned
into my Father - AAACCCCKKK! ;)], but that may be what we get at best. At
worst, we could end up with a Bakhunin.
(Off my soapbox now)
You are right, BSA and other similar groups try to help the kids think within
a frame of having fun (God forbid that they have fun while learning, or
horror of horrors, learn while they are having fun). That seems to be the
best kept secret of this group, and it should be shouted from the tent peaks
at Scoutmastership Fundamentals, and Basic Training, and not in the coffee
shop discussions or Woodbadge (then again, maybe this is when the most
attention is paid to the lessons?)
Anyway, "Because it's required" is NOT a good enough answer these days, the
kids are too savvy for that one - but then again if the "secret" is let out,
then they may turn a deaf ear just to rebel.
Oh, and I still remember calculus as nearly being my Waterloo in Engineering
school - the <concept> light just would not come on, but then again maybe i
dowsed it with too many brown bottle sodas.
Beat up after another week at the office,
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream Council
(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237 Eagle Scout (1971)Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo #457)
(Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
Life Member Alpha Phi Omega Mu Tau Chapter (#589-139879/Life#5915) (WV
Gonna be a critter soon (SR-5).
(To know oneself is the ultimate form of aggression)
(Calvin: Do you think that children are born sinful?
Hobbes: No, but they are quick studies.)
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