24 March 2014

Expository And Narrative Writing Aren't Necessary Skills

According to Common Core. As a matter of fact, Common Core architect, David Coleman, recently told a gathering of New York educators, 
The only problem with those two forms of writing is that as you grow up in this world you realize people don’t really give a s**t about what you feel or what you think.
That would go double for you Mr. Coleman. Yet one more reason to homeschool your child. Story here.


Anonymous said...

How can you write something if you don't "think" about it first? And how can you think about something if you have never heard about it in the first place? Sounds like palm reading to me.

What happened to the new fad of social-emotional competence? Emotional competence is awareness and management of one's own emotions. Social Competence is awareness and management of the emotions of others. For example, when we are aware that we have hurt someone, we say we are sorry.

Is this trainer "aware" that the teachers he is training don't care about what he is saying either? If what he is saying doesn't make any sense, the teachers will "not be feeling it."

Good writing is "communicating." It is an organized body of thought on a subject you have studied, communicated to another person or persons who you know.

On a test, however, you are supposed to think about something you have not studied, and communicate your feelings to someone who you have no idea what they will think.

Even a judge needs time to study a case and form an opinion. So, a judge is allowed to form an opinion, but mere mortals are not allowed to do that?

What ever happened to rhetoric? A politician has to think on his feet and try to persuade the public on how he feels on an issue - no easy task. So, mere mortals are not allowed to learn the art of debate? So we don't train lawyers to argue cases any more?

Consider a thesis. A student is supposed to narrow a topic. So the topic is narrowed, and it still is not narrow enough. So it is narrowed some more. Now develop a proposition, etc.

How can you develop a proposition? 95%of your database has disappeared. How can you observe patterns, and develop hypotheses, if you can only study one narrow slice of the subject? That eliminates observing relationships and comparisons with the other slices you have discarded.

For example, suppose you pick language. Then you pick languages in foreign countries. Then you pick the French language in foreign countries. Then you pick the French language in Vietnam. But you have lost the big picture.

If you start by selecting "examples" of languages, in select "examples" of countries, then you will observe patterns: a ranking of percentages of languages used in selected "examples" of countries. Then that will give you a larger view of the history of colonization of various regions, etc. to find out WHY they have multiple languages.

Then that will be relevant to today's news, where some dictator orders that Russian will be the official language somewhere. Then that is where the feelings come in - - people on the other side of the world arguing about such things and riding tanks all around and seizing internet service.

But if you don't think or feel, then you won't mind if you don't have the internet.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You're using logic and common sense. Much of academia fear such things.