I find this perplexing, too.
> What I find truely perplexing, however, is that some of these
> (often well meaning) folk who advocate such mechanistic courses
> often have intense theoretical backgrounds in deconstruction,
> culture theory, various forms of postmodernism etc. These
> positions contradict their actual practices in ways that I find
> difficult to fathom. Do their brains turn off or what?
But it's very common. Those sophisticated theoretical backgrounds
_often_ seem associated with a kind of ignoring of the practical,
right-now, chalkface human realities. Remember Derrida's piece on
teaching in PMLA?
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