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June 21st, 2014
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If you imagine that children are sentient.....
Teaching children rhetoric so that they know how to argue well

I especially liked "Instead of “Use your words,” I would say, “See if you can talk him into it.” ". It's a goal instead of a rule-- and Jay Heinrichs has also been teaching how to achieve the goal.

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Date:June 20th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Your link doesn't seem to connect to what you say in the post.

To address the "death to HS English" post that is at the link, I can't help wondering if the kids shouldn't have learned how to write in elementary or middle school, forget high school. And what the hell are they teaching in elementary and middle schools if the kids can't write? Is it test taking and science bashing all the way down?
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Date:June 21st, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
Thanks-- I've corrected the link.

I'm planning a post based on the HS English piece-- at this point, I'm curious about what people are or aren't getting taught about writing.

What's claimed in the HS English article is that children are taught personal writing, and given chances to talk and make videos, but they aren't taught how to do formal non-fiction writing.
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Date:June 21st, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that article. It puts into perspective such philosophical exchanges as this, courtesy of my bother some 50 years ago:

Can I have a sweet?
Can I have two sweets?
All right, just one then.
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