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  • GOSS9@telefonica.net

    GOSS9@telefonica.net March 13, 2006, 1:54 p.m. (Message 44673)

    Re: Teaching and guns

    Whereas I agree with you idea, I don´t with your example. Cumberland is 
    the last dance I would want to introduce to beginners. To get a good 
    foundation and sense of dancing, phrasing, and music, why would one 
    want to start with a dance with a 6 bar figure splitting a 4 bar 
    phrase?
    
    I say this as one who has been teaching SCD since the 60´s, and have 
    noticed that the early focus on the exceptions and fiddly bits, is what 
    not only turns off potential danceers, but infects those who continue, 
    in that they fail to develop and trust an instinct that says there is a 
    pattern here.
    
    There was a psych study that proved how any reinforcement positive or 
    negative can work if consistant, but inconsistant reinforcement tended 
    to cause problems. Even child abuse is an effective teaching method of 
    consistant. To carry this allusion farther, the societal problems to 
    day have more to do with inconsistant reinforcement that breeds 
    distrust.
          

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