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    Re: "A Star To Steer Her BY" -- I don't think it's so bad
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Feb 3, 19:20 EST
    Carl you wrote:
    "Numerous texts and teachers emphasize following step-by-step instructions
    with little or no examination of the underlying principles. Not only are
    students of this method less likely to retain the knowledge, they are more
    likely to overlook their own mistakes and are ill-equipped to troubleshoot
    their sight reductions."
     
    Yes, especially today. Navigators will be using this material only rarely. Rote-learning is less likely to be successful in these circumstances. Furthermore, many (most?) who study celestial navigation today do so for entertainment and personal fulfillment. There is little fulfillment in memorization without comprehension.
     
    I'll add that I do believe that the lighthouse analogy and explanation HELPS comprehension for many students.
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
       
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