One of the little incidents that I took a lot of flak for back in university was the day I stood up to ask if any of my classmates had as much trouble as I did in following the type of PowerPoint presentations which were popular with most of our profs. I was immediately howled down from all sides. It seems everyone was fine with the Prof just standing there and reading off the bullet points from his power point slides.
It turns out I'm not the only one who thinks there's something wrong with teaching by Powerpoint. Here's someone who posted a pretty good article on Slate Magazine in the form of a mock PowerPoint show. I think she makes some pretty good points.
I'm not saying this article proves I was right. I'm just saying it shows that this is the kind of thing people should be looking at when you're taking a course called Philosophy of Education. And I wonder why I was the only one out of fifty students who thought it was worth talking about?
And it's not like it wasn't even part of the curriculum. We had to memorize this little pyramid thing, which you see everywhere:
I think the way I asked the question was: where did other people think PowerPoint presentations should fit on this pyramid. Because for me they're pretty much off the scale. (You may remember one of the haters critcizing me for "putting other students on the spot"...this is the only possible thing she could have been talking about.)
Like I say, the point isn't whether I was right or wrong. The point is why aren't any other students asking this type of question? And why am I earmarked as a troublemaker because I'm the kind of guy who does?
POSTSCRIPT: The haters, who have been consistently claiming to not remember any specifics...even claiming that their "general impression" have more credibility than any "factual details"... have jumped back in the fray with a vengeance, suddenly claiming to remember long-repressed particulars of my outrageous conduct. Now they're playing the "rudeness" card. They would have more credibility if it weren't for Mrs. Cantor's testimony at my criminal trial, where she admitted that her original charges of outrageous rudeness were based on nothing more than the hysterical reaction of a few girls in the class to my perfectly polite and respectful behavior. Not to mention that these newly-graduated professional teachers who hold themselves up as arbiters of proper conduct can't resist calling me "prick" and "asshole" and much worse, all the while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.