wdarcy – 2008-06-03 5:58 PM I agree, but as a college professor I don’t feel it’s necessary to name the student. When I teach counterpoint, I often put on the board student exercises that contain egregious errors. I have the class identify the errors and suggest improvements. But I don’t see the need to identify the students who wrote the poor exercises. Both musicians and writers need to have thick skins if they’re to survive the criticisms they will certainly receive. But there are times when it’s unnecessary and even counterproductive to embarrass them in front of their peers.. –Warren
Sure, I agree. It makes sense to show examples of bad technique but I think it’s rude to use the paper of a student from someone in that class. That’s not healthy criticism, that’s humiliation. If the class is giving peer critique of each others work and points out something that they think could be changed in a paper, that’s a much better way of giving someone critique than the finger pointing method. It’s also a much better teaching method because it’s forcing the students to think and evaluate critically and be engaged in the process of editing rather than passively absorbing the teacher’s condemnation.