[Milton-L] Re: Memorization and K. Jackson
fallon.1 at nd.edu
Tue Feb 24 16:08:14 EST 2004
I didn't find Kathryn Jackson's observations authoritarian. It's an
odd term to apply to a student's appeal for her teachers to expect
more from their students and from themselves. I found Ms.
Jackson's comments bracing.
It is easier on us to expect less of students, but the results are
predictable. Students in my experience rise (or sink) to
expectations. It is good for us to be reminded of this, whatever we
think of the case at hand (for the record, I'm with those who see a
real and deep pedagogical value in memorization).
Ms. Jackson hits the nail on the head when she argues that it is not
good for students if we allow them to dictate what is expected of
them. If I did that, I might stop assigning them to write sonnets
that make sense, rhyme, and scan. Invariably, students who react
with fear and horror on first learning of the assignment are glad to
have been put through the exercise and recommend that I have future
students write sonnets as well. Often, they suggest that I have
future students write more poetry in traditional forms.
>I find the authoritarian tone of these remarks -- "busywork or
>else!" -- quite unfortunate and uncompelling.
>On Mon, 23 Feb 2004 21:24:35 -0800 (PST) milton-l at koko.richmond.edu wrote:
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> > A student's opinion:
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