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ERIC Number: EJ708403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Thoughts on Teaching: The Theory of Everything and Yada, Yada, Yada
Starnes, Bobby Ann
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n4 p329 Dec 2004
In this article, the author argues that people are systematically mis-educated about their own history and culture. They are taught by a series of slogans that create caricatures of significant events, individuals, and peoples. As a result, their understanding is so weak that they are unable to grasp the complexity of or learn lessons from past actions. The author discusses her new theory, which is called the "3Y Theory". The theory claims that putting the phrase "yada, yada, yada" before or after any word or concept renders it so simplified, so unexamined, and so absent of substance that it loses all value. Moreover, it actually diminishes the possibility of understanding the concept by creating and perpetuating myths about it and promoting shallow thinking. She discusses her theory in detail in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia