Hey kids, lying is bad...
August 6, 2012 8:00 PM Subscribe
So I'm thinking it's a bad idea to include a chapter by Jonah Lehrer
in my college's first-year experience course, given that it would be placed right after our discussion on academic dishonesty. Can you help me think of a replacement?
posted by bizzyb to education (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Specifics -- the selected reading is the chapter "The letting go" from Imagine, in which he talks about the creativity of the area between having strict control over something and not having skill in that thing. So there's something about improv, surfing, art, music, and so on. There are several of us teaching the same material, so it's helpful when any readings cross several different areas. We're using the reading to open up a discussion on divergent thinking, particularly in terms of how that might relate to the future of education.
So, any ideas at all are welcome. This certainly includes fiction, poetry, TED talks, etc. If you think I'm being crazy and that I should just fact-check the chapter and go with it, tell me that too. If it were my class alone, there's no question I would drop it, but sometimes I feel like I'm overly reactive on things like this.