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Old 07-27-2015, 11:30 AM   #8
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Re: Martial Arts Instructors Should Learn To Teach

Janet Rosen wrote: View Post
I don't think Peter is saying there is one way to teach.
I don't think so either, but there is the implication that one is superior. I thought he was describing the difference between learning to teach in a more modern methodology compared to older methods, both of which I think can be great. My point about Gardner's types of intelligence was just that different folks gravitate toward different methods. We all have all of those (and probably many other) learning modes, but whatever some teacher is expressing, it will probably click for some similarly-minded student. So I get the impression it's hard to say one way or some others isn't/aren't as good, because it depends on the context of who is learning from them.
Do you think aikido instructors should learn to teach, or are the traditional methods good enough?
To my mind this carries the implication that older methods aren't concerned with learning to teach...that they're less "good" in that regard. I think in some sense that's true, but that it isn't absolutely true. I'm slowly going through Prof. Goldsbury's TIE column wherein he describes this dilemma:
Ueshiba has been criticized for ‘teaching' in this antiquated way and for requiring his students to resort to such non-productive means as ‘stealing' knowledge. If only he had used the well-tried ‘western' methods...
I do think anyone who calls themselves a teacher should try to teach well, but that's a lot like saying people should be learning well. It depends on the individual goals and proclivities involved.

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