Thursday, December 25, 2014

Favorite comments of '14, cont: Auntie Ann, Hainish, Catherine

On Argumentation in the 21st century:

Auntie Ann said...
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/traditional-college-debate-white-privilege/360746/

The article above shows how college debate has changed from fact-based argumentation to now include personal narratives, hip-hop and free-form poetry.

If Debate can't even hold onto fact-based debate, it's hard to see anyone else doing so. I wonder what they're teaching in law schools...
 


Hainish said...
This reminds me of the one time that Holocaust denial seemed remotely possible: I was in high school, and the topic came up, and teacher's response was that it was a terrible! terrible! thing. I had to wonder why she couldn't simply appeal to the evidence instead of making a moral argument.

Personally, I think an assignment that focuses on analyzing evidence for the Holocaust and presenting and anti-denialist argument would be a much better use of students' time (even if the conclusion comes first, in this case).




Catherine Johnson said...
"someone who misrepresents what you say and shoots down the resulting straw men, presents “I disagree with you” and various vacuous appeals to authority as arguments, and/or simply restates his or her position along with his or her original arguments—all this, instead of actually engaging with your actual arguments?"

This never happens to me!

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