Automatic Ecclesian

Our research associates report a positive outcome to experimental procedures designed to determine the feasibility and desirability of programmed instruction utilizing free operant, controlled operant, or classical conditioning for the development of verbal skills in Ecclesian. Made it through that first sentence, did you? Welcome to our little group. You are either a speaker of Ecclesian and a member of five or six committees or you have aptitude that you should report at once to denominational headquarters.

I know that you will be interested in our teaching machines for instruction in Ecclesian. Actually, our researchers worked with pigeons, but they assure me that the stimulus-response patterns they tested should work equally well with churchmen of average intelligence. To be machine-teachable, one needs only the ability to emit responses. (It helps if the subject can read and write, but this is not necessary, since we can start him on the pre-primer program.)

Our Ecclesian “teaching machine” has no moving parts. It is a programmed textbook. More elaborate machines are equipped with hardware to keep the student from cheating, but we assume that Ecclesianists will not peek.

Test yourself on the programmed material below. After filling in each blank, turn the column upside down and read the correct answer. If your answer was right you experience reinforcement—no answer is ever wrong in Ecclesian.

Ecumenical encounter may contribute significantly to the broadening of the perspective of the conversants.

Q: How may ecumenical encounter contribute to the broadening of the perspective of the conversants?

A: Significantly.

Q: Describe the broadening of conversants to which ecumenical encounter may contribute significantly. ...

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