Narration: Don’t Do This

The following is an illustration of a style of questioning in school work not altogether uncommon : “In those days came John the Baptist preaching,” etc.

Teacher: What times were they of which the text speaks?

Students: Those days.

Teacher: Ah, yes, those days, those days. Those days.  Well, what person is  spoken of in those days?

Students: John

Teacher:  Ah, yes, John,— John, very true; remember that it was John. Well, what John was this?

Students: John the Baptist

Teacher: Yes, right,—John the Baptist, John the Baptist. You see that it was John The Baptist.  Well, next.  What did John the Baptist do?

Students: He came..

Teacher: True, true, he came, you see. he wasn’t there, and he came there; and did he do anything else?

Students: Yes, he came preaching.

Teacher: That’s right—preaching, preaching.  Preaching.


 Southwestern Journal of Education, Volume 10, 1892

It’s torture. It tortures the text as well as the students.

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  1. Frances
    Posted May 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Teacher getting paid a penny a word, perhaps 😉

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