The title of this blog post comes from a song by The Fray that encapsulates my feelings about the entire lecture from October 9th – it literally went straight over my head. Like, I had to spend approximately 70-80% of the class googling things that Dr. Fowler was saying because I was confused. For example, I had no clue what a “microaggression” was and had to google it to get an idea about what was happening. I had no idea what “praxis” meant and had to google that. I had zero clue about the “banking model” and what “contract grading” was and yup – had to google that too. Basically, all these phrases being used just meant that I spent the whole time looking things up and I wasn’t engaged in the discussion.
So, basically, I got very little out of that entire lecture except the ability to flex my googling skills.
My end thoughts on the whole subject – someone asked the question about how to apply ethical discussion to subjects that aren’t inherently “ethical” (like engineering). In my mind, every time the student submits an assignment, project, or exam, that is a lesson in ethics. I trust that they are learning the different between right and wrong in terms of the fact that they agree that they did the assignment themselves and did not cheat. To me, that feels like a lesson in and of itself.