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    Re: "A Star To Steer Her BY" -- I don't think it's so bad
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2005 Feb 3, 11:18 -0500

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Ken Gebhart" 
    I feel that the reason many people have trouble REMEMBERING how celestial
    navigation works after once having learned it (and most people do), is that
    they have not worked through the abstractness of the concept, which is best
    accomplished through reflection on what is really happening.
    I strongly agree with Ken on this.
    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.
    People do have different learning styles though. For some it's easier to
    memorize the step-by-step first, while others can't follow directions
    without knowing why. Whether underlying principles should come sooner or
    later in the curriculum depends on the students, but if the concepts aren't
    addressed at all, the skills won't stick.
    Carl Herzog

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