Some time during October, I teach the following two activities, which are then added to the "menu" of activities my students are allowed to choose from: These both mix logical thinking with creative thinking: Sausage Sentences with Illustrations Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences And right before our fourth quarter, I allow my eighth graders the right to work with partners and create new proposals vocabulary activities for all my students to use.
From Tim Blair on FoxNews. My 11 years of experience in the editorial writing business lead me to strongly support your point about the counterproductive nature of Coulter-style rhetoric. When a writer advances arguments while refraining from impugning the integrity of those on the opposite side of an issue, that writer will build up capital among thoughtful readers.
That capital, in the form of reader respect, can later come in handy for a writer or a newspaper's editorial page staff when taking an unpopular or unexpected position. Matt Welch has had an interesting exchange with others, including Eve Kayden in her blog and Max Power in comments on Matt's blogabout people being afraid to speak their mind for various reasons.
Even setting aside the risk of lost business opportunities including losing one's jobhumans are gregarious creatures who highly value the esteem of their fellows. People don't want to be ostracized, or even condemned, as rude, foolish, ill-informed, or morally misguided.
This often leads people to refrain from speaking their minds. This is sometimes good, because it keeps people from saying things that are rude, foolish, ill-informed, and morally misguided; it often leads to fewer people people being insulted, and fewer false rumors and bad ideas being spread.
We take these benefits of "thinking twice before you speak" for granted, but they're very real; the world would be a worse place if people never thought of their listeners' reactions to what they say.
Of course, it's also sometimes bad. First, it sometimes suppresses speech that is accurate and important, but that is frowned upon by the majority -- or even a small minority.
Second, it leads even some good beliefs to become unchallenged orthodoxy, and thus makes them much less powerful than they should be and would be if they were constantly challenged and rebutted John Stuart Mill's point. This makes it very hard to make any really general statements about this tendency, except that it's sometimes good and sometimes bad.
I think, for instance, that people should try to avoid calling this phenomenon by value-laden terms such as "self-censorship," since that suggests to many that it's always a bad thing. One can fault or praise the phenomenon in specific situations, because of the specific aspects of these situations.
For instance, if a law school community has a tendency to ostracize people who oppose race-based affirmative action, that's bad, because it deprives the community of a healthy debate.
On the other hand, if an astronomy department has a tendency to ostracize people who praise astrology, or call each other by racial epithets, or spread inaccurate or offensive rumors about each other's sex lives, that's probably good.
One item from my admittedly limited experience with this: One can often though not always diminish though not eliminate the adverse social effects from making certain ideological points, and it pays to think hard about this before either making one's point or deciding not to make it.
Having a thorough command of the facts and the argument helps. Pointing out the importance of the community -- especially an academic community -- being open to serious discussion helps. Demonstrating to the audience that you're calm and reasonable, while the other side is shrill and intolerant of reasonable arguments, helps.
An obvious point, but I think an important and often-forgotten one.Thinking Outside the Box: A Misguided Idea The truth behind the universal, but flawed, catchphrase for creativity. Posted Feb 06, So far most of Trump’s appointments have been ordinary conservative hardliners or ethically-compromised rich people.
But there’s a chance that some of his health care picks could be really interesting.. I’m not talking about . I’M BACK: I’ll get back to real posting tomorrow, once I’ve caught up and avoid the embarrassment of blogging behind the curve, but first, a paean to New Zealand, which is now first on my list of countries I’d consider defecting to if I didn’t live in the U.S.: If, for some reason, the Blogosphere should ever decide to have a conference, a convention, a gathering of some sort, I’m.
Insightful, candid, and utterly entertaining, Steven Bochco’s memoir TRUTH IS A TOTAL DEFENSE: My Fifty Years in Television is an in-studio view of the inception of the second Golden Age of television, delivered by the man who helped create it. Last week, I enjoyed one of the greatest nights of my life.
I received the Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre.
It was a honor to share the stage with Dominique Morisseau, who was presented with the Award for Impact & Activism in the Theatre Community, and the songwriting team of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, who received the Next Step Award which.
I have been on hiatus from doing out-of-state teacher trainings recently for two reasons: 1) I'm writng a book on teaching writing, and 2) I'm preparing to retire from the classroom at the end of the school year.