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Subject:Re: Imagine you teach From:Ben Kovitz <apteryx -at- CHISP -dot- NET> Date:Mon, 21 Dec 1998 11:43:08 -0700
David Thompson wrote:
>Imagine you teach tech. writing.
>You have to teach 1 of the following:
>1. The principles of On Line Help or
>2. The principles of programming.
>Which would you choose and why?
Let's see, I'm giving a course on tech writing, right? And I'm trying to
choose what to include in this course, right? And it's about tech writing,
Well, I guess I'd teach programming, because it's my general policy to
always teach something completely different than what the course title
suggests. I think we owe it to our students, if the course is about "Music
of the Rococo Age", to include a lot about thermodynamics; if the course is
titled "Audio Engineering", to include a lot about corporation finance; and
so on. Cuz, you know, everything is related and all.