December 5, 2006

Death by dictionary

Rule #13.5 for students: Do not cite dictionaries in social-science or humanities courses!  Sometimes I'm tempted to strangle the K-12 teachers who encourage this bad habit. How Webster's defines discrimination has nothing to do with demonstrating understanding of course material. It's a distraction from what the student needs to do in a paper, it's poor debating technique, and it is trite.

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Posted in Teaching on December 5, 2006 12:11 PM |