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Final Draft Xu Yue Xu Margaret E. Haun, Ph.D. English 105 U1 1 February 2010 Using Dialogue Instead of Argument In her article, “The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue,” Deborah Tannen explores the topic of argument. The culture of criticism has existed since the time of the ancient Greeks and still has a great influence on the modern western world. It is a legacy of the agonistic heritage. This culture is widely accepted by society, perhaps because debate is easy to set up for educational purposes. According to Tannen, an adversarial approach to learning and life is, in fact, destructive. It time for people to use dialogue to take the place of argument. One reason the debate format is so widely used is that it is so easy to set up. High school it is easy to judge students’ participation in the form of how much noise they make and excitement they have in the debate. However the truth that a lot of teachers have not noticed is that the students are not focusing on the connotation of the debate and they state their idea in a really unreasonable way. They often use examples with no rationality to prove they are right and their opponents are totally wrong. Students’ only purpose is to win, simply to win and not because they believe what they think is true. The truth is that there is neither absolute right nor absolute wrong in the debate. Truth is usually more complicated and validity exists
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