Friday, May 27, 2011

Re: [californiadisasters] Re: A why is it?

Tangent here: A friend told me of dealing with a problem with Amerindians
taking college coursework. They were bright students, but their papers were
consistently failed by their profs.

Turns out this was a cultural problem. The profs were expecting presentation
of facts and a conclusion, whereas in the students' culture, you gave the
facts and did not insult the hearer by concluding for him/her.

(Problem was solved by an explanation to the students that in the college
environment, they needed to state the conclusions. They did, and did well in
their courses thereafter.)

While I'm "old school", maybe....

No. I think the "new" way is an artifact of students not being taught to
think and reason. Of course, if they were taught that, the demagogues who
want to draw their unthinking allegiance would have a problem.

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Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:18 PM
Subject: [californiadisasters] Re: A why is it?

> Thanks for the "second opinion". I sort of figured it was something like
> that. I personally write "old school" style, with the opinions left to
> editorials. Just my style and the way I was taught to write. If people
> like that, too bad! I figure most people are intelligent enough to make up
> their own minds on a topic if I just provide the information ... but
> probably write that people these day like to be "spoon fed". Sort of sad
> really!
> Lynn in New Orleans, LA.


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