Bread recipe serves as important lesson

By · Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

not teaching,

Like homemade bread? So does a former colleague — a highly respected, now retired journalist who posted a baguette recipe on social media recently. But he transposed two important ingredients. No problem. Being the professional that he is, he immediately posted a correction. 

Sunday, 3:01 p.m.: Recipe posted.

Monday, 1:13 a.m.: Correction posted.

It stated:

For the breadmakers who want to try their hand at the baguette recipe I posted Sunday, a small correction:

It should be 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt. Just noticed I had them reversed.


He followed the classic model for correcting an error by including: 

Errors happen. Knowing how to correct them can make all the difference, and that’s as essential as the all-important difference between sugar and salt.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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