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Topic: Let's Teach Students, Not "Inspire" Them
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GS Chandy

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Re: Let's Teach Students, Not "Inspire" Them
Posted: Nov 28, 2012 7:57 PM
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I need to amend, slightly, my post dated Nov 28, 2012 7:50 PM (which is pasted for reference below my signature):

I may have given the impression in my above-noted post that it is impossible to change the state of an individual's 'intellectual honesty'.

That impression needs some modification: It is, I suspect, EXTREMELY difficult to change the 'state of one's intellectual honesty' through learning - but I believe it should be possible to do this by application of the 'One Page Management System' (OPMS). Unfortunately, I have no test cases that I can readily use to illustrate this claim; Mark Twain's dictum - "The best reason for telling the truth is that you don't have to remember ANYTHING" (words to that effect) - may be a powerful incentive to enable and enforce honesty upon oneself.

[It is also EXTREMELY difficult to get over the habit of 'smoking' - but I believe it is possible to do this. Unfortunately, I have no OPMS test cases to illustrate this possibility, either. I myself did manage to give up smoking a couple of decades ago - but I must confess that it was unfortunately NOT through OPMS that I succeeded in doing this!]

My post dated Nov 28, 2012 7:50 PM
> Peter Duveen posted Nov 28, 2012 6:44 PM:
> > What are "basics" that one should go back to? There
> > are differing opinions about that. I would like to
> > say that intellectual honesty is one of the basics

> we
> > need to move toward. Also, we might look toward the
> > demilitarization of our schools, and the exiling of
> > DARPA and highpowered military recruitment, unless

> we
> > explain to the students exactly what is going on,
> and
> > the dangers of entering the military, such as
> exiting
> > with a much higher than average suicidal
> tendencies,
> > etc.
> >

> Indeed you're entirely right, in my opinion. If
> intellectual honesty is there, practically every
> other trait or characteristic can be acquired through
> learning. If it isn't, very little can be developed/
> changed.

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