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You Need to Earn the Right to an Opinion

September 15, 2010

This is a bit of a rant, so take it for what it’s worth.

Students, you don’t yet have the right to an “opinion” in this course. You don’t have enough knowledge on the basis of which you could even form an opinion. Presently, you don’t have an opinion; you have an emotional response, and that’s not the same thing. I want you to internalize a scholarly hermeneutic; once you have then you will be permitted to share an opinion on the course content. Until then, shut up.

As Stanley Fish once said, you’ve been told all your life that the purpose of an essay is for you to express yourselves. However, you do not as yet have selves worth expressing.

I feel a little bit better now.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 2:15 pm

    I’m glad that helped ;-) I think that’s why I don’t want to be a lecturer!!

  2. September 16, 2010 9:14 am

    You are wrong.
    I only need to earn any respect someone might have for my opinions. Having them is free.

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