September 22, 2004
Damn You Socrates
September 22, 2004 01:14 AM
Reported by an acquaintance who is in a different Civil Procedure class:
Professor: Is [blah] what the Court of Appeals is saying?
Student: I think so, yeah.
Student: Or... not?
Student: Definitely not.
Prof: Good. The next question is, is it about the facts or the law?
Student: Well... the law.
Student: I meant the facts.
Prof: In which case you would be right. Moving on --
(Assuming that the transcript is accurate,) could there be a better example of how poorly law professors understand what it means to teach by the Socratic method?
I much preferred the professors who taught by more usual methods to those who attempted, most often poorly, some mutated form of the Socratic method.
Strangely, it looks almost exactly like the transcript from an Abu Ghraib interrogation. (Of course the professor would get more enthusiastic responses if he used snarling dogs.)
My civil procedure prof tends to outright agree with mistaken things students say before asking if anyone else has a different "opinion."