22 October 2012

The Golden Rule doesn't apply to teaching

Problems with the Golden Rule The Golden rule is fundamental to most human cultures. It reads, approximately, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” or “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” It sounds good at first glance, and I hesitate to argue with the wisdom of God and most cultures but I propose that the Golden Rule fails if applied mechanistically. I’ll explain with some examples, and show why this is important in teaching, especially subjects like statistics and operations research. Not long after after we were married, my husband was lying sick […]