September 22, 2004

Damn You Socrates

by PG

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.
Prof: (silence)
Prof: Or?
Student: Or... not?
Prof: (silence)
Student: Definitely not.
Prof: Good. The next question is, is it about the facts or the law?
Student: Well... the law.
Prof: (silence)
Prof: Or?
Student: I meant the facts.
Prof: In which case you would be right. Moving on --

September 22, 2004 01:14 AM | TrackBack
Comments

(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.

Posted by: Craig at September 22, 2004 10:14 AM

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.)

Posted by: Mojo at September 22, 2004 03:48 PM

My civil procedure prof tends to outright agree with mistaken things students say before asking if anyone else has a different "opinion."

Posted by: washerdreyer at September 22, 2004 06:38 PM
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