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Sneaky to teach errors, check your examples
on 6 April 2015
Hashemi, English Grammar in Use, Supplementary Exercises with Answers, 2012. Here pupils are required to answer questions with material given in another box. In the case of Mary Seacole, the information given is largely propaganda, and the questions to be answered accordingly skewed towards the politically correct, but factually wrong--when one consults reasonable primary sources.
Thus Seacole “was a Jamaican who worked as a nurse and saved many lives” (p 160), although she is not known to have saved any, and called herself a “doctress,” not a nurse. She claimed few cures in her early attempts at cholera, none for yellow fever. Moreover, since she added such toxic substances as lead acetate and mercury chloride to her “remedies,” one should not expect any successes.
Yet Mary Seacole has to be the right choice, for she was clearly not Mme Toussaud who “opened a wax museum,” nor Joseph Lister, who “began the use of antiseptics in operating theatres,” etc.
Why make pupils say what is wrong to be correct on a test? This is what a Daily Mail article calls “Lessons in Lies.”
For more on Seacole errors see www.maryseacole.info/