Renaissance =/ Reformation

After four midterms in the nearly complete pile o’ marking have come up with some strange viewpoint that conflates the Reformation into the Renaissance (i.e. the Reformation results from the Renaissance directly, not just as a longterm, related, possibly part of the consequences of, no, it’s so integral that it doesn’t even rate its own name anymore), I’m forced to consider several disquieting options:

a) I really didn’t clearly communicate the differences between these two areas despite having worked from the same key points separated out over five different class meetings and used without confusion since 1991

b) I should review the textbook to make sure the latest revision didn’t come up with something completely off the wall that I overlooked

c) There is someone else who’s been deforming their developing historical mindsets and doing a rotten job of it!

In other news, apparently Martin Luther King posted a thesis in 1557, the Hundred Years War ran from 1450 to 1558 and Rome apparently is located on the Adriatic coast. Just so’s you know!

4 Responses to “Renaissance =/ Reformation”

  1. Jane Dark Says:

    I hate it when things like this happen. One of the composition classes that I’m teaching this quarter seems to understand that thesis/claim statements need to have stakes — relevancy to today. The other class…well, I’m beginning to wonder if what students really needed was a recurring lecture series on how a stake is different than a steak.

  2. sm Says:

    Maybe they all studied in a group and ended up confusing each other?

  3. Another Damned Medievalist Says:

    an entire essay on womyn in ancient Greece.

  4. sm Says:

    I’m grading my own paper, and it’s remarkable how they fall into three categories: quite good, could be improved, and absolutely hopeless. That last group really bothers me.