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Topic: Work now/ fun later....
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DoctorCHEK@aol.com

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Work now/ fun later....
Posted: Jun 7, 1995 9:27 PM
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My college student niece back east writes:

Where did this arguement about teaching and learning get started? When I
was in high school, I thought that Chem was for NERDS. Little did I
imagine that one day I would think that the periodic table was neat, fun,
interesting, useful, wonderous even. The catch is that you have to do a
lot of memorizing before the fun stuff becomes evident, just like you
have to learn to write before you can enjoy jotting down notes or
composing sonnets. It takes a truely exceptional person to inspire
someone else to want to learn (we should not expect this from our
teachers - hope maybe, expect, no). You can plant all the seeds you want
and water them too. If the soil is used up with emotional problems at
home, if fierce sun of criticism or shade of neglect falls on your seeds
when you are not there, what can you do? I think that schools should go
back to the 3 Rs, and have more courses on conflict management, how to
argue, how to handle violence, recognize ads directed at certain groups,
how to get a job.

Piper Hunt
phunt@sas.upenn.edu






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