Saturday, April 07, 2007

Making children stupid

Do not click on this link to Right Wing Nation unless you're prepared for more of this:

To get a feel for unknowns in basic algebra, Armstrong advises, spatially endowed students in junior high school can draw a version of "x" as a masked outlaw. Students with musical intelligence can chant "x is a mystery" and "accompany their chanting with any available percussion instruments." To get a feel for Boyle's Law, high school chemistry students can become "molecules" of gas in a "container" (a clearly defined corner of the classroom). They move at a constant rate (temperature) and cannot leave the container (constant mass).
Much, much more of it.

I know how I'd have reacted to being told to pretend to be a molecule in Chemistry class. And I'd probably still be in jail for it.

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