Chronology Current Month Current Thread Current Date
[Year List] [Month List (current year)] [Date Index] [Thread Index] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Prev] [Date Next]

[Phys-l] Bemoaning textbooks and education: old quotes?

Dear Educators,

I sometimes run across "older" articles or quotes (where "older" means from the 1920s and before) which sound so modern in their bemoaning the state of education (in particular in science) that you'd swear they were written today. Sometimes these appear in issues of The Physics Teacher, and I've seen quotes (e.g. by Plutarch) which seem to succinctly sum up educators' thoughts from the last 30 years. Textbook reviews from the 1890s often sound as though they're from the 1990s.

However, I'm having problems finding specific examples of these articles/essays/quotes, especially for physics. Does anyone have examples they can point me to, or send to me?

Curtis O.

Down with categorical imperative!