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I am just curious: What would you guys do if your own knowledge or research conflicted with the classroom text or with the state goals for a particular subject (especially history)?

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Thu Apr 29, 2004 5:18 pm
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Fantastic point; that happens often in history and science. I would have to tell the students what has just been found out, and what their text says and I would have to explain why they are different. New things are discovered, new ideas and theories come into being. That is part of life, and that is part of education. Knowing both is more than helpful.

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Again, I have to agree with Zack. Of course don't teach them something that is incorrect as being factual just because it is in a text-book. But then, you have to teach them what is in the curriculum. So tell them what the book says, tell them what is the most recent discovery and knowledge on the subject...and then explain why the two don't seem to match up. But then, in my history of Warfare class we were just told that many modern scholars don't believe in the "feudal age" of the European Middle Ages as is commonly taught in high schools anymore. Something like that, which can be highly confusing, and is still debated...I would say to perhaps mention the new theory, but teach the side of it that is supported by the text and curriculum, so as not to confuse the students at a level where they don't need to be confused with theoretical data. When the theory is proven or becomes the accepted one...then teach it. Hope that made sense, ha. Its been a long day.


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