This course could be the follow-up to Logical Communication — a course that emphasizes logical flow, organization of ideas. The emphasis with this course, by contrast, is insight: those fleeting, intuitive leaps and connections all of us make at some point — magic glimpses of understanding, and even wisdom.
Within our lives that are daily we seldom capture our insights, seldom record them or explore them. Yet they make for splendid essays. Students in this program, accordingly, are trained, first, to see and record their observations that are own insights; second, to explore them in the form of essays.
The issue with the approach that is academic
In schools, the essay is generally presented to students as a peculiar artifact associated with the classroom, unrelated towards the world that is outside. Students started to know the essay as a distressing but necessary academic chore, one properly conducted in a rigid and tedious form, like the five-paragraph essay.
Consistent with this process, students usually are asked to write essays before they have actually read any.
Everything about this approach does students a real disservice. The truth is, essays play a role that is vital real life: they are the principal forum for sharing insights or discoveries or even for hashing out controversies. In nearly all field of human endeavor — science, economics, history, law, foreign policy, you name it — the leaders or pioneers on the go invariably move to the essay since the medium of choice for discussing new developments out on the frontiers of discovery. So in just about every field, the absolute most important discussions and debates take place in the shape of essays.
In addition, traditional writing instruction leaves students ill-prepared for writing challenges they’re going to soon face — e.g., college-admissions essays, scholarship-application essays — which bear little resemblance to your essay that is five-paragraph. Students in this course, in comparison, emerge not just with relevant training for writing essays that are such they emerge with a toolkit for producing these with great efficiency.Continue reading