29 8 月 OF all the challenges faced by college and senior high school students, few inspire as much angst.
Blogs vs. Term Papers
The format — meant to force students to make a point, explain it, defend it, repeat it (whether in 20 pages or 5 paragraphs) — feels to numerous like a workout in rigidity and boredom, like practicing piano scales in a key that is minor.
Her provocative positions have lent kindling to an intensifying debate on how best to teach writing in the digital era.
“This mechanistic writing is a genuine disincentive to creative but untrained writers,” says Professor Davidson, who rails against the form in her new book, “Now The thing is that It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.”
“As a writer, it offends me deeply.”
Professor Davidson makes heavy utilization of the blog as well as the ethos it represents of public, interactive discourse.