Restructuring the Lecture Method in Marine Corps Schools is Overdue
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The lecture method has the same constraints as centralized leadership such as poor information dissemination and power being in the hands of a few. Despite these constraints, the Marine Corps educational mindset remains one of centralization and control as exhibited by current curricula that includes a multitude of lengthy lectures in professional military education PME courses. Centralization is outdated and not in line with the Marine Corps maneuver warfare doctrine, which calls for execution of mission type orders at the lowest levels of leadership. Centralized leadership and the lecture method were products of illiterate societies with limited information dissemination capabilities. Today, the Marine Corps does not have the concern of having uneducated and illiterate members. Therefore, to improve instructional efficacy in Marine Corps Formal Schools, class lectures should be structured in thirty minute blocks followed up by small group discussion.
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