This-essay is a7309021.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %ACADEMIC PUZZLES 730902 All too often the intellectual exercises dreamed up by instructors in an attempt to be helpful to good students are purely academic, and bear little if any relation to the decisions and action of real students' future lives. Many times the character of the exercises is so puzzling as to perplex the students unto frustration. This is especially true when the academic puzzles are not chosen with respect for real students' developmental states. In such situations the students may be totally mystified, as well as perplexed. The students may become so bewildered as to become distracted and unable to participate in meaningful decisions and action. When a student is thus made bewildered he will be willing to accept the word of representatives of authoritarian science. When so confounded some students may be amazed at the findings and achievements of scientists, but others may, through a wise instinct, rebel and seek ways to escape from that which threatens their integrity. The technocrat on the other hand enjoys the mental exercise which solving academic puzzles affords him. Just as the athlete, who while in good physical condition enjoys exhausting exercise, so the technocrat enjoys solving academic puzzles. Solving them is a game entered into by free choice as a source of entertainment. If he is not in dialogue with real persons, the technocrat may be unaware of the bewildered states of consciousness which academic puzzles sometimes induce in real students. If the technocrat is a trainer with power to inflict bureaucratic violence upon the students, the students will in self defense---engage in playing games involving secrecy regarding the nature of their reality and students' techniques for coping with it. Thus the feed- back loop operates to intensify alienation and estrangement, and the technocrat is kept in the dark about the nature of students' reality as perceived by them. From within the technocratic state of consciousness it is impossible to ask the new questions which will point the way out of the technocrats' prison. The technocrat is not an incarnation of techniques which have the power to break the cycle of alienation. The way out involves real students in dialogue--- dealing with real problems which they perceive as being solved by the use of relevant fundamentals appropriate to their developmental stages and previous science-relevant experiences. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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