Sunday, September 30, 2012

Does "The Writing Revolution" explain Social Justice Warriors?

Peg Tyre - The Writing Revolution - The Atlantic is about the inability of many US students to write critically.

And the essence of the SJW attitude is an uncritical acceptance of facile notions they've been taught.

I dunno if the New Dorp experiment is valid, but I'll ponder it.


  1. I agree that many SJWs lack critical thinking skills. I find that I can never have a productive conversation with them because they filter everything I say and mischaracterize my point of view.

    They're basically spoon fed some pre-packages concepts, like "misogyny," or "institutionalized racism," or "heterosexism," and they treat everything under the sun as a phenomena of these terms. They basically think they're so clever and intellectually aware because they parrot ideas that they picked up from their college professors or other SJWs.

    Finding people who truly think for themselves these days seems to be rare.

  2. I am always interested to see discussions of 'writing critically' or whatever, since it seems to over simplify the problem. Words are what we use to think with, if you can't write down a coherent paragraph it's possible you have a problem getting things from the brain to page, but it's more likely that you can't THINK a coherent paragraph either.

    Teaching people to write coherently and teaching people to think coherently strike me as two great tastes that go great together -- and don't work at all separate.

    Probably nobody dares to promote a "critical writing" program as "we're going to teach your children to think" because THAT would be career destruction in a bottle, eh?