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Old 11-04-2010, 03:09 AM
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Now there is a college course on the "American problem": College Course On Overconsumption - latimes.com

I think many people here would graduate summa cum laude.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:14 AM
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As much as it pains me to agree with woodsprite in the slightest... I think that's crossing the line from education, into teaching his own personal philosophy to students.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:41 AM
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Thanks for the link! And I don't think its crossing the line (even though we know his opinion). Consumption and consumerism have become prevalent topics in America, and having a course on the psychology behind it all isn't beyond any boundaries in my opinion. The students in this class might end up helping someone with a hoarding or other material problems. Plus, it would be interesting to compare real studies on people who for example, do or do not buy lots of stuff, name brands etc. I bet a lot has to do with advertising and such. It would be an interesting class...and well, you know my opinion
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The problem with education is that people are afraid to teach their opinions. It's sort of weird when you think about it, parents are allowed to pass on anything they want to their kids yet teachers can get chewed out for telling students their own. I mean if we want to learn we need to listen to as many opinons as possible so that we can try to figure out what we think of the topic.
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The problem with education is that people are afraid to teach their opinions. It's sort of weird when you think about it, parents are allowed to pass on anything they want to their kids yet teachers can get chewed out for telling students their own. I mean if we want to learn we need to listen to as many opinons as possible so that we can try to figure out what we think of the topic.


Teachers need to teach objectively. They cant let their own personal views change how they present information. Students only will hear the teachers opinion, and that's not the basis for an informed decision. Facts are.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:13 PM
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I recently attended a series of presentations by Tibetan monks (which would explain why I often use Buddhists as examples)...and I really liked how they teach their students. They are required to question everything in daily debate sessions, so the students discover the truth for themselves.

So objective or not, the important thing is students question everything. And if that's the case, someone's bizarre views wouldn't hold up.
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Teachers need to teach objectively. They cant let their own personal views change how they present information. Students only will hear the teachers opinion, and that's not the basis for an informed decision. Facts are.
This is a certain style of teaching. However, if a teacher does portray their opinions (and we all know that many teachers wear their opinion on their sleeve) then this only strengthens your own opinion because it presents a viewpoint on what you're learning. Now if you can't get past the teacher's opinion and it's actually changed the truth of what they're teaching, which it looks like that's what you're talking about, then that's a problem. <--- That has happened to me before, and you find yourself teaching yourself because you don't want to be mistaught.
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