Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 07:28:32 -0400
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Subject: Re: 2 Re: [DCHAS-L] Glove use in academic teaching labs

From: 	r.calhoun**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: 	RE: [DCHAS-L] 2 Re: [DCHAS-L] Glove use in academic teaching  
Date: 	August 10, 2009 4:12:11 PM EDT

 >From an industrial standpoint (i.e. employers), you will help us
tremendously if those in education require gloves for all lab operations
short of keyboards.

> From an educator's point of view, requiring gloves for ALL lab  
> operations only teaches students that ALL chemicals are dangerous.   
> It does not teach the student to evaluate risk; to think about what  
> they are doing and what precautions they need to take.  In many ways  
> it fosters an atmosphere of carelessness and disregard for real  
> dangers.  If I make my students wear gloves when they determine the  
> density of salt water, they'll underestimate the danger when I make  
> them wear gloves for experiments where there is real risk.  Yes, it  
> is easier to make hard and fast rules - "Do This", even if it's not  
> really appropriate - than to look at each individual situation. But  
> if anyone ever told you teaching was easy, they lied.

Kay Calhoun

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