I tell this story because I think you won’t want to use it, but you should. I went to one of the country’s best private schools and one of the best colleges. Then two years in the Army. Classes in the Army were the only one I ever took that were actually designed to be effective. It’s amazing how much you can teach, and how quickly you can teach it, if you just say: here’s the right way to do this, follow me. So much of modern educational theory ends up being mere sophistry, positing as it does reasons for delay, reasons for different approaches, reasons for divisions in the class. In my experience, it’s better to decide what students need to to know and then tell them. Respectfully, for sure. Entertainingly, if possible.

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