Re: Emergency Room Teaching

John Thiesmeyer (THIESMEYER@HWS.EDU)
Sat, 20 Jan 1996 22:18:41 -0400

Excuse me for butting in, Tricia, but I really like not only the attitudes
expressed in your comments but the eloquent way you put them. I'm storing
your remarks in a permanent folder for later (acknowledged) use.

But I have to add a mild demurrer on your final analogy. When you get a chance
read Steven Pinker's _The Language Instinct_. It's a good read, fascinating to
anyone interested in language and language learning, and demonstrates (Pinker's
reports on children's acquisition of language, his specialty, are conclusive)
that 2-year-olds don't really make grammatical mistakes and that repetition
and mimesis play only minor roles. Exposure, however, despite Andre Agassis,
is everything. . . .

John Thiesmeyer
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456