Issues without Nuance Are as Rare as Flawless Heroes
We often talk about teaching our students critical-thinking skills, but the fear of provoking controversy causes many of us to steer away from many, if not most, of the controversial issues of the day. So our students are left to absorb the almost always very selective and superficial talking points disseminated by public figures and by media commentators. They have no reason to look closely at the details that make each issue much more complex than one wishes it to be if all one is looking for is a simple example supporting some pre-packaged argumentative position. In effect, anyone who depends on sound-bite journalism for the shaping of their opinions is missing much more than the complexities in most issues; there is a very good chance that they cannot even recognize what the real issues are.
Remember Charles Ramsey, the guy who stepped in to help the three young women…
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