ERIC Number: EJ788966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Lang, James M.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pC2 Mar 2008
In this article, the author shares some of the tricky discussions he has presented to his students in his "Argument and Persuasion" course, a second-level writing class designed to develop students' skills in reasoning, conducting research, and writing essays. He relates how this course always makes it difficult for him to be neutral when discussing controversial issues with his students. He shares that the issue of whether to remain neutral in the classroom will eventually arise for just about anyone who teaches college courses, even those seemingly far removed from controversial topics. As such, he cannot help but question whether he will successfully present himself as an impartial judge or present himself as open advocate of the positions he holds.
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Pregnancy, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Politics of Education, Moral Issues, Debate
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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