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> Yeah, me. I was taught very ineffective methods of
> document design and other processes in the past, and I
> regret having ever been taught them. In some cases
> these ineffective methodologies were easy to
> "unlearn", but in other cases, it was damn hard to
> change the way I did things. Example: I was taught a
> specific way to approaching a documentation task in
> college. I'm not saying that what I was taught is
> wrong, but on the job I learned a better way of doing
I taught seven years at universities and colleges. Although I
started out very idealistic, I soon realized that effective teaching
required more than an enthusiastic instructor. To get the most out
of a class, students have to be ready to learn. A good teacher can
help inspire students to learn, but most of the inspiration has to
come from the students themselves. Unfortunately, for a number of
complicated reasons (mostly involving the view of education as
job-training), it is perfectly possible to get through even a
masters' or a doctorate without having learned anything about
original thought. A poor or discouraged teacher - or one who got
through on rote learning themselves - tends to perpetuate this kind
Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
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