I was trying to comprehend the meaning of ‘behest’ , ‘commandment’ and early in the morning repeated the words: ‘Thou shalt mark relentlessly, not being befuddled’ So, picked up the first script from the students’ piles of papers. In this activity the students are attempting to investigate if the background music has an effect on the length of time to perform a meaningful task. One of the students concluded that the he is unable to sustain his hypothesis, that the background music has any effect due to the fact that , “This is the case because the minute difference which we got in time could have been due to luck of draw”. There it goes: my mind flew tangentially all over the place, dropped all markings and read couple of articles non related to the very important task of marking in ‘education’. Read about Darwin’s Dice: how does chance play a role in the Theories of Charles Darwin. I realised, like my student , Darwin wasn’t always certain how variation in reproduction came about, and often credited it to chance.
Drifted further from my today’s focus: marking and read about “What Einstein meant by ‘God Does not play Dice”. Reminded me once again, how Einstein’s intellectual journey had mercilessly exposed the conflict between science and scripture.
All these resulted in utter waste of my valuable marking time. I better get back to my marking the Experimental Design level 3 which matters so much to the ‘Education’ of children!