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Created: January 12, 2006
Latest Update: January 12, 2006

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Smith, Rene D.:

LEARNING RECORDS

Message 6275:

When a judge decides to go with stare decisis and base his judgment off prior decisions then they are not fully showing different perspectives. Stare decisis is a legal term meaning that one should follow legal precedents. This means that they judge might not fully take into consideration all fact upon a case. Sometimes it time to change the way that we look at things but people are scared to take the first step. I think that a lot behind the decision to use stare decisis is political. Many judges have a political career they have to think about. If they choose to go against prior ruling then I am sure that they majority of "high power" people won't be to happy. If this were not true all the laws that were allowed to be upheld even though they were wrong would have been changed a long time age. Just think if they never changed the way of thinking when it comes to a persons race. I know that there are still some people out there that think that segregation was right but the majority doesn't. Rene Smith

Reply:

Good grasp of the concept. Stare decisis also is a policy that requires judges to consider past decisions in order to provide stability in the law, so that we can count on the law not changing at the whim of a new justice. We can count on decisions. They may change over time, but we can tell that is happening by an increasing number of dissenting decisions until the court finally takes a new position.
jeanne
December 20, 2005

Message 6272:

The denunciation of your work shows that some faculty members don't support or approve of other faculty members' method of teaching. As a teacher, which is part of helping professions, one is supposed to be supportive of others, regardless of whether they agree upon the other person's decision (teaching method). It shows that the person was missing one of the most valuable lessons in life which is to respect everyone as an individual and the choices they make. As a teacher you would think that they would have taken into consideration the fact that people learn in various ways. If they had done so, then they themselves would have realized that your method of teaching suits certain learning styles better than what is considered traditional teaching. I myself can vouch that the traditional style (lecture and test) of teaching doesn't always work. I have taken many classes where I would study just to pass the test and then by the time the class was over I wouldn't remember anything.
Rene Smith
Soc 386

Reply:

Good explanation of different styles of learning and the need for different approaches to take advantage of this factor.
jeanne
December 20, 2005

Message 5851:

I THINK THAT AS LONG AS THEY HAVE EXPLORED ALL THE POSSIBLE MEDICAL SIDE EFFECTS OF PUTTING CEMENT INTO PEOPLE AND THE OUTCOMES ARE GREATER THEN THE NEGATIVES THEN IT COULD BE GOOD. FROM THE HELPING PROFESSTIONS PERSPECTIVE AND THE ROLES THAT THEY SHOULD PLAY, I THINK THAT EXPERTS AND INSTITUTIONS ARE THERE TO PRESENT ALL POSSIBLE CHOICES. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO MAKE CHOICES FOR THEM, BUT TO TEACH AND INFORM THEM OF THE NEGATIVES AND POSITIVES. THEY SHOULD ALSO TRY TO CLEAR UP ANY MISCONCEPTIONS THAT THE PATIENT MAY HAVE.

Reply:

Good adaptation of this article to the manangement and leadership of institutions of helping.
jeanne
December 20, 2005



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