April 03, 2004
Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 3, 2004 08:27 AM
There actually was a lengthy and serious debate in a thread on my Buffy forum on a similar issue.
The chipping of Spike led a sizeable number to contend that Buffy was a serial killer and held her to account for killing vampires without first trying to restrain or even reform them.
Others debated the ethics of Spike's chip, and the ones who read or seen the movie "A Clockwork Orange" exhibited a sophisticated understanding of how evil such programs were.
I think that's when I stopped worrying about our youth. Just because they sit silently in class doesn't mean they aren't observing and thinking.
Posted by: Debbye at April 5, 2004 06:03 PM
I often think there is a simple peer pressure issue against engaging in class discussion. I could understand it if it was an issue of not prolonging the lecture... Unfortunately for my poor students, I tend to lecture right down to the wire. The "half credit" structure at the university where I have been teaching means there is a lot to get into a short time!
Posted by: Flea at April 5, 2004 08:23 PM
Down with Buffy the vampire, werewolf and daemon oppressor!
Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at April 5, 2004 08:45 PM