5th blog response

Title: "Simplifying the unsimplifiable..."

By: Doug Belshaw

URL: http://teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk/index.php/2007/11/03/simplifying-the-unsimplifiable/

Important quotes from the blog:

"Some simplifications can be dangerous, which is usually a breeding ground for bigotry. Some, however, lie somewhere in between the two - looking helpful until further analysis...Yes, lectures can be boring but what about when I was at university when lectures would often devolve into seminars?...TV isn't a good way of learning things if you're passively watching just anything, but what about if you've chosen to watch something and it's really well presented?...However, sometimes there's a need for action, a time to stop talking and start doing."

My response:

Mr. Belshaw,

I think you bring up some very good questions.  Lectures most certainly can be beneficial and even thought provoking.  TV can be a great educational tool to learn a great deal from a wide variety of different subjects.  And often people get so caught up in conversing that they forget they haven't actually accomplished anything yet.  I think you have shown that education is subjective and fluid. If students (and teachers) sees theirs lectures as boring, TV as passive, and conversation as the answer, then these things will be no more or no less to students and teachers than their perception allow.  It is the individuals choice whether or not they are going to let these things be useful or meaningless.

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