>  There are many examples like these.  Maybe a facilitator, out of 
> courtesy, would not say 
>  "That answer is wrong", but an answer can still be wrong or 
> right, even if no one calls it that.
>  The notion that there are no right or wrong answers may  hold 
> for some open ended questions, but for certain questions, that 
> notion is silly.

Dear Tim, 

I agree. But the facilitators are trained in Book Seven not to 
consider any answers wrong. In my view, though, it flies against the 
design of the materials themselves which are close-ended. 

I suspect that what happened is that while these questions were 
designed to have right and wrong answers, a lot of participators 
rightly pointed out that things were often not that black and white. 
Tutors that approached their task too rigidly were alienating the 
participants. Book Seven which is aimed at training tutors, was 
actually written after a lot of bad experinces with rigid tutors using 
a rigid curriculum. So the emphasis in Book Seven is on flexibility, 
but in my mind the material doesn't easily lend itself to that. And 
tutors are often flexible in the one area which they shouldn't be, 
namely insisting that participants to do the practices. They'd rather 
have everyone read every passage two or three times and do nothing 
about it.  

warmest, Susan 

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