February 2, 2003


I’m on campus today, working on the historical foundations class prep for tomorrow (as well as finishing grading student work). I’m having fun putting together in-class exercises that I intend to be fairly low stakes but highly intensive in terms of requiring students to think. I’m working with primary materials that are deliberately a week behind in terms of the background they’ve read, and tomorrow’s is from Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), working from his discussion of laws and proposals for new laws. My students have already read of one, the description of the proposed system of education, but not the other (regarding Jefferson’s views on race and slavery). Useful discomfort, I think. And now, back to putting things together...

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Posted in Teaching on February 2, 2003 2:19 PM |