From: Annie McDevitt
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Date: 08 Nov 1996
Remote Name: mingong-pc04.ucsc.edu
Eugene, I think there might possibly be a lot of resistance to teaching in the manner that I would want to. I tend to believe that connecting on an emotional level is equally as important as on an academic level. I would often rather talk to kids about their homelife than about algebra, because I think that oftentimes, it's more relevant. It seems however, that in traditional schools, the emphasis is on academics. In fact I think teachers are wary of connecting on a deeper level. I know my senior year in highschool, my female english teacher, who I became close friends with, felt like she couldn't give me a hug because there had been several cases of molestation occuring between teachers and students, so personal interaction of any sort was sort of frowned upon. So, I don't know. Maybe I would be happier in a counseling setting, rather than a teaching setting. I think traditional schools would have to have to undergo a serious revolution in order for it to incorporated learnign through personal experience. But maybe I'm a skeptic.