September 16th, 2006

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Well, I guess I'm at least consistent....

On Edward Tufte's discussion board this afternoon, I came across a long-lived thread on handouts in presentations, in which some years ago he made the claim that "[The] best handouts are given out in advance of meeting. Why turn our students into stenographers recording our dictation? Instead let's try something new in class: thinking." My immediate reaction was that that's completely wrong for how things work for me, at least in math-based classes (where I think much better when I'm taking notes), and I started to scroll down to the bottom of the thread to write a reply explaining why. But, as I was skimming to see if the point had already been addressed, I discovered that some two and a half years ago I'd already posted a reply to the thread explaining my objections.