Discussion in 'General Education' started by Backroads, Oct 26, 2018.
Nov 5, 2018
This was my high school history teacher!
Nov 21, 2018
Tonight I listened to Radiolab's podcast from Oct. 30, 2018, War of the Worlds. This production's documentary went into much detail on how people were misled by Orson Welles's broadcast (80 years ago) and similar media presentations afterwards. The documentary also explains how the brain makes connections among current information and previous media information, something I've never really considered; in the podcast's example, the Hindenburg disaster and Hitler kind of ripened listeners to believe that something disastrous could truly be occurring in New Jersey and elsewhere. (Some even figured that the supposed Martians were actually some type of weaponry from Germany). At the end of the documentary, a hodgepodge of examples from current news stories explains how people are intrigued by a media's presentation and then led along with the story. My thoughts were, for high school/college students, this would be an excellent teaching resource on discerning media, including, of course, political news. My only concern was the mildly strong language and that the actual broadcast of the Hindenburg disaster which might be difficult for sensitive students.
Rather than focusing on specific politics, the discussion could focus more on what can psychologically or socially effect our discernment of media. Older persons might be able to share their experience of October 1938. My mother was only 5 at the time, but she recalls sitting at a meeting in her church and someone came into the service to announce the Martian invasion. This caused an elderly lady in the church to have a heart attack. On the fun side, perhaps an episode of the original Flintstones could also be shown which parodied War of the Worlds with an "invasion" of a new singing group, the Way Outs.
Nov 23, 2018
I think it is incredibly unprofessional for any teacher to share his or her personal political views. A lot of teachers I have worked with did so and I always lost respect for them.
Nov 26, 2018
I don't know if I agree that teachers have an obligation to teach "all sides" or "all perspectives". There are some perspectives that don't really represent legitimate argument and fall instead into conspiracy theory or faith-based argument.
I don't even know how one would even begin to attempt to teach "all sides"... there's a reason political/religious courses can be so long and entangled... there's a lot to go over.
I suppose I say stick with the curriculum.
I'd imagine it's more "discuss the main views, then share how to critically think about all views one might encounter". We might talk about a couple viewpoints of a situation, but then acknowledge there might be more, and how we might approach thinking / processing those.
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