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Friday Fun: The Yale Chalkboard Rebellion of 1830

Just in case you think change resistance is recent or for the uneducated or poor . .  .

The Yale Chalkboard Rebellion of 1830

“When a new teaching device—the chalkboard—arrived at Yale University in the 1820s, it didn’t receive an especially warm welcome. In fact, it actually incited a rebellion.

What is now seen as a taken-for-granted classroom staple was once the object of intense controversy because it changed the way students were expected to learn mathematics. Students at Yale in the 1820s were accustomed to using their textbook as a reference when they solved problems. According to Smithsonian, the introduction of the chalkboard meant that they were suddenly expected to solve problems at the board, without the help of their books. ”


Posted on: October 2, 2015, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized