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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ban Teachers from PowerPoint!

Wow, this is probably the most creative pitch I've heard for education reform. The Chronicle for Higher Education reports that students found PowerPoint to be the easiest, dullest and most forgettable teaching method.

It's unsurprising, really. I've dozed off at many of those bullet point presentations (and I'm sure you have too). And the worst is actually when professors even read the text for you like you're some sort of stupid. People can read faster than you say things, you know. It's a sign of laziness, which in turn breeds lazy students, who get used to being spoon fed.

Ppt is evil, according to Edward Tufte. "Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely."

Thanks to Freakonomics for the pointer.


033054 said...

funny, eco profs have mastered the slides of death.

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