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nooneelse 1384 days ago | link | parent

> The point is by giving it "their best shot", the students were revealing their lack of understanding of the subject material.

But why shouldn't students presuppose that they don't understand everything about the subject material (and thus the way they form guesses reflects it)? Why shouldn't they assume that there might be some counter-intuitive wrinkle that was not covered yesterday which will today be explained? The experience of finding such things out is common for them, that is a major reason they are there at school... finding out things they didn't know, and being told things about the depths of a topic that isn't always obvious on the surface.

Do you not see anything the least bit odd about holding them so guilty for making that presumption in this case?



isleyaardvark 1384 days ago | link

No. I can't say it any more clearly than the original article: " If "because of heat conduction" can also explain the radiator-adjacent side feeling cooler, then it can explain pretty much anything."

If they see something that is specifically contradicted by theory of x, they should assume there's some wrinkle or some theory of y. They should not say theory of x explains something that flies in the face of theory of x. It means they don't understand theory of x.

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nooneelse 1384 days ago | link

> It means they don't understand theory of x.

You still haven't given a reason for why their formation of guesses should be constrained to only those guesses that presuppose that they understand well "theory of x".

For instance, if their previous lesson on heat conduction included a statement about how different materials conduct differently (meaning but not specifying the differences in thermal conductivities or the dominant type of heat transfer), then that "different" might easily be thought to extend to something that behaves like a Peltier cooler.

If you went to a building regularly and when there, once a week at least, your current understanding of topics was shown to be quite incomplete, at best, then how long is it really rational to continue constraining your guesses about "how" to only just those allowed by your current understanding of all the terms. Eventually it becomes reasonable to start considering that no term is so sacrosanct that you can't revise or extend it in the face of the teacher showing you some clever corner of the great mass of human ingenuity that we have built up over a few millennia for, among other thing, impressing our children.

See, they may have simply built up a reservoir of something like intellectual humility in the face of their own possible ignorance. Something, that if you can't see at least the possibility of, I have to think you may have all but lost entirely.

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isleyaardvark 1383 days ago | link

If you went to a building regularly and when there, once a week at least, your current understanding of topics was shown to be quite incomplete, at best, then how long is it really rational to continue constraining your guesses about "how" to only just those allowed by your current understanding of all the terms.

I neither said nor implied any such thing. No such meaning could be reasonably derived from my statements. I don't appreciate strawman arguments, or suggestions that I have "lost entirely" my "intellectual humility" even though my first post stated "I don't know" is not a stupid answer.

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