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Response to Segami (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 02:26 PM

12. I had an anthropogly teacher at Los Angeles City College teach from a textbook that was all wrong.

This teacher started out by saying that the whole book was full of stereotypes but he had to use the book because it was mandated by the program chair.
An example was that according to the book, pacific Islanders believed that women got pregnant by walking near the beach on a full moon. He pointed out that these same islanders were breeding hogs and chickens. And that the islanders were just being polite to the research team, just like European telling that storks bring babies down the chimneys at night.
So, maybe the teacher can use the materials to teach a real lesson and point out the denial and the history of ignorant people denying scientific principles. Remember Gallileo was imprisoned by the church and almost tortured by the church for his views.

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