>On Sat, 15 Jul 1995, Karen Dee Michalowicz wrote: > >> I wonder how many people would discuss the novel War and Peace >> having not read it (I guess this day and age we should say, >> having not seen the movie). >> -- > >Based on some entries on this list, I'd guess there'd be some people >willing to state an opinion based on the title, introduction, and what >they think they know about the author. ;^) > > >----------------------------------------------------------------- > >Michael Paul Goldenberg
While this argument does have a certain relevance the 'implied' (IMHO) conclusion is not convincing. For example, several years ago I was doing teaching in a part of the country where I was not known. At about 3 in the morning I got a call from a mother demanding to know my methods and credentials. After trading credentials back and forth it turned out that I 'won' and the conversation ended (I later learned that this was standard operating procedure for this person).
I am definitely NOT implying that this is the the purpose of these posts. There is a second part to this story. After being the better qualified I decided to take a look at the situation and determine if that actually made me right. To make the story short I decided that perhaps I needed to consider a few more relevant factors and adapt my methods.
I think I can appreciate Michael's feeling that some people MAY have been posting erroneous opinions concerning the standards that MIGHT arise from a disregard of them. However I believe
1. A careful and polite (I say this because otherwise people seem to get sidetracked) refutation is in order for those of us who are less familiar with the standards. Yes, some of us learn slowly :)
2. Even those who know little about the standards can actually raise interesting and challenging questions concerning their status as STANDARDS and concerning their implementation.
On the other hand, I have a difficult time appreciating Karen's implication (IMHO) that depth of knowledge determines one ability to have an fruitful conversation. Dare I admit that I might think that someone who only saw the movie War and Peace was quite limited in their ability to intelligently discuss the novel :) Why I have even been know to learn from my students!
Again I really appreciate this newsgroup and the vistas people continue to open to me. Even replying to posts I disagree with to some degree forces me to collect my thoughts and reevaluate them.