Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Dec 31, 2009
- Smack dab in the heart of Texas
Teaching is full of that--showing kids why something is useful generally works. Do I give a hoot if I know how to multiply? Probably not. Do I want to be able to figure out how much money I'll "make" on Mrs. Nate's "Cattle Drive" if all my steers get through and I pick up some of someone else's herd? Heck, yeah!Yes, Morton did that - had a lot of interesting times teaching the general about artillery! Forrest had to see the sense of something. If you tried to teach him Greek, he would evaluate it by what can I do with this? How do I use it? What do I need it for? If the purpose didn't seem practical, he saw no reason to clutter up his brain attic with it!
Long story--my annual Texas History activity--getting the kids to wad up old paper without knowing why they were doing. Then they counted, initialed, and discovered it was their "trail herd". They got to kick the cows down the long hall while Mrs. Nate created stampedes and attacks--if a cow ended up behind them, it was lost. Then they counted what they ended up with and figured their profit in Abilene...winner gets enough $$ to buy him a ranch; one year the winner could possibly have bought Texas! (We figured out how much land they could have bought in 1870 dollars...).
Why are we doing this? What will happen if we do X,Y,Z or all three? Why I miss teaching. I do not miss making kids take ridiculous tests.