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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    If you, your classmates, and your teacher all have Facebook pages, is it all right to post links to articles and info, saying something like, "I ran into something very interesting about XYZ. What are everyone's thoughts on the subject"?
    Great idea.

    Alas, if I did that I would be instantly outed as a passive-aggressive know-all who spends too long on the internet. (why? Because I AM!!!! )

    I would never do it in a workshop unless I felt it was an interesting matter of opinion or interpretation and could voice it as a question that did not imply the teacher was just plain wrong. If I knew it was utter hogwash I would not bother, and get on with learning what I could.

    I've only once really thought "no that is not right" about something in class, and that was a bit of historical background that didn't really affect what the class was doing, and could have just been the way it came out. It would have been disruptive and pointless to question it at the time, so I didn't. And my viewpoint is just as much "I have heard that..." as hers.

    I would only squeak up in class if I was going to be made to do something on stage I was not happy with. We are doing a melaya number at the mo, and if it was overtly slutty or we were forced to chew gum I would speak up. Actually with the gum I would probably throw up, because the smell alone grosses me out. Wild horses won't make me chew it.

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    It all depends on who it is. Even privately and in a conversational tone (not challenging or argumentative) there are some people who can never be corrected or learn something from a student. It's just not in their mental makeup. If their mentor said the same thing, though, it would be gospel. If you do feel like it would be accepted, I probably wouldn't say anything in class. I would approach them later and say I was confused and wanted her point of view. It feels more like a question and less of an attack that way.

    I have privately corrected someone on the millimeter thing, though, because I didn't want them to do it in the future. It was more of a desire to keep them from looking like they don't know what they're talking about rather than a need for me to be right. It's such an easy mistake since both words have the same abbreviation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaSTL View Post
    It all depends on who it is. Even privately and in a conversational tone (not challenging or argumentative) there are some people who can never be corrected or learn something from a student. It's just not in their mental makeup. If their mentor said the same thing, though, it would be gospel. If you do feel like it would be accepted, I probably wouldn't say anything in class. I would approach them later and say I was confused and wanted her point of view. It feels more like a question and less of an attack that way.

    I have privately corrected someone on the millimeter thing, though, because I didn't want them to do it in the future. It was more of a desire to keep them from looking like they don't know what they're talking about rather than a need for me to be right. It's such an easy mistake since both words have the same abbreviation.
    Exactly. This isn't coming from a need to be right. As I said in the "Gypsy Dance?" thread, I only want my teacher to be exposed to information that she might not have previously known, so that she will continue to learn and grow, and be the best teacher she can be.

    I have a personal belief myself, that we're all put on this earth to help and lift one another up, and to encourage goodness in others. She's a wonderful lady and teacher, and I don't think she means to use the word "Gypsy/gypsy" in a derogatory way, nor purposefully promote myths or falsehoods. I think she just doesn't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    My students are so fortunate to have a teacher who is never wrong.

    I like you Shanazel you sound just like me , I have never come across this issue, I as a teacher study all the time so me making a mistake is unlikely the reason for this is because I don't want to teach my students wrong, and as far as disrespecting the cultures of belly dance, thats not likely to happen either since I study the cultures as well, and not to even go into the fact that part of my heritage runs in some of these cultures at least the east(indian, pakistani) but I want them to understand it all.

    on the matter of how you should deal with it well, for one you should not ask her in the middle of class, I think this will under mind her in front of her students even if you make it in the form of a question this will not do either because if she is wrong then she will just repeat it again still teaching all these students wrong.

    You could wait till class has ended and then say, about(what ever it was about), I heard it said this way or I read that it was this way, could you look into it for me, because I know you said that its like this, but now I feel confused so could you check the source i read and let me know what you
    think?

    Sometimes it's how you say things, not what you say, I would not throw her under the bus as she could have been taught by her teacher the wrong way as well, so giving her a chance is a good Idea I think

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