Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Learning the Trivium Beats Out “Talking about your feelings”
A very interesting article in the Atlantic, about how for 30 years the mainstream of public education in the U.S. (and not only there, I can state that in Canada its the same) felt that you didn’t actually need to teach students how to write a coherent argument, how to write complex sentences, or how to structure their thoughts.
You see, for all that time, the idea is that writing was something that you didn’t want to “restrict” students with, it should be “caught, not taught”, which meant that the feeling was learning how to write (and by default forming coherent arguments) was something that would somehow be picked up by magical osmosis in the process of picking subjects that the teachers felt would be “interesting to the students”, dealing with their own lives and culture, or allowed them to talk about their feelings.
Except of course, it turns out that teaching how to structure a rhetorical argument wasn’t “restricting” the students, it was liberating. Once this school started to do so again, the students were able to open up their minds and ability to express themselves, and began performing much better in subjects across the board. They were kicking the living shit out of the unfortunate students who were being taught self-esteem, expressing feelings, or talking about things that were relevant to them; none of which are worth fuck all if you don’t actually know how to say anything.
Its official: the hippie bullshit artists that took over the faculties of education all over north america (and elsewhere) in the 60s officially destroyed an entire generation of minds by refusing to teach them how to actually think and formulate their thoughts, in the name of utterly delusional sensitivity.
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(originally posted November 2, 2012; on the old blog)