Thursday, November 24, 2011

Grading Papers This Morning

I'm grading papers this morning, and it is gratifying to see papers that are using primary sources.  One student turned in a paper about colonial mental illness treatment.  While it had some factual errors (based on the secondary sources she used), it was a well-written and well-structured essay.  Most gratifying of all was to see that she was using primary sources, such as Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, volume 7, which contains a discussion of the colonial government assisting a man in building an insane asylum for his son.

Students today have so many advantages over when I was an undergraduate--and is one of them. 

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