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The professor I had for English Composition II was really caught up on the JFK assasination conspiracy. We watched the Oliver Stone movie ‘JFK’ in class. We read Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy by conspiracy nut Jim Marrs. Beleive me, for an English class the subject material could have been much more painful. I liked the class. Eventually, I will probably post more papers I wrote for this class. What brought this paper back into memory was all the media attention that Pennsylvanian Sentator Arlen Specter is getting these days for switching political parties, oh you know, to which ever side is going to keep supporting him. Mr Spector co-authored the controversial “single bullet theory,” which suggested the wounds to Kennedy and non-fatal wounds to Texas Governor John Connally were caused by the same bullet.  Most people agree today that the single bullet theory is rediculous. I’ll admit, I did get a little carried away with this paper, but a glimpse into the big world of lies surrounding Kennedy’s murder has that affect on people.

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Socrates (469–399 B.C.):  A great classical Greek philosopher whose ideas are still very much relevant today. Although Socrates never wrote anything (that we’ve found), others did. I read the “Last Days of Socrates” by Plato, its a compilation of transcripts from Socrates’ trial. We really learn a lot about his philosophy from the back and forth question and answer style of the court proceeding.

The Socratic method of teaching is an environment that I really excel in. The method of teaching that too many professors abuse is the use of powerpoints and projection screens. Students forced to copy notes projected on the wall takes away a lot of focus on what the professor is actually saying, and all too many of these same professors abuse this technique by not taking breaks for class discussions. Studies have shown that students who learn with this method of teaching don’t retain very much of it without having to reference their notes. Many professors are realizing the importance of class discussions. When tough questions are posed, that is where REAL critical thinking and learning enters the picture. The Socratic method of teaching encourages this question and answer type learning. A teacher poses a tough question in order to get the students to think, eventually through this back and forth discussion new ideas occur and real learning takes place because the student is actively involved.

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” (more…)

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