study groups [Re: *groan*]

Kragen Sitaker kragen@pobox.com
Wed, 24 Apr 2002 06:00:50 -0400 (EDT)


Dave Long writes:
> * my bet is yes; would independent study have been very useful
> before aggressively literate culture?
> 
> "Question Authority" helps even in independent study, as it tends to
> change reading from recitation and declamation to disputation, but
> it is probably easier when one has a partner to play "Devil's
> Advocate"

But it took a long time after aggressively literate culture started to
take hold (during medieval times) for "Question Authority" to become
an important academic value again; our unquestioning attitudes remain
in our word "lecture", which means to read (aloud, from Aristotle or
Cicero), not to express one's own ideas.

Perhaps this has something to do with the amount of time it has taken
us to achieve classical civilization again?

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