A new teaching method goes awry.
|I have my syllabus on my desk and I teach Vulcan
here at Star Fleet academy. Young fresh faces
eager to learn—at least I would hope so.
My job is to get them to learn Vulcan,
yet prior methods have failed—it is
Greek to them all…I’ve even sat
with Spock and asked for his
advice, yet all he could say
was, “Employ the Logic,”
and I was left to down
Saison Ale alone, a
And so I thought
of Spock’s fine mind,
that telepathic mind-meld.
I reasoned I could use it to teach
that difficult language to the cadets.
My theory: if the students could mind-meld,
then the strength of the many would negate the
weakness of any one individual—it would amount
to “group learning,” as if the task were a huge Jigsaw
puzzle, and each student could place a piece. The
picture then would soon emerge; language learned.
My first order of business
was to learn about mind-melding.
I searched Google, to no avail until
I surmised that the place to go would be
Vulcan Google, and that performed the ploy.
(However, I had to disable Ad Block to access
the planet’s site, and I had accept Vulcan cookies.)
At the very next Academy teacher’s meeting,
word was abuzz about my unique teaching
method, and I was the hub of attention.
Turns out, though, I had to burst a
few bubbles, including my own.
I explained it worked for a time,
but then the cadets all grimaced,
writhed, grabbed their heads, and
cried as a group, “This is not logical!”