Introduction: The Great Conversation

Reflection

My perspective and philosophy on teaching has drastically changed as a result of reading this introduction. 

The Great Conversation

This is not my first time reading about "The Great Conversation", but I have never read a piece of work talking about it in length. In short, the Great Conversation is the ongoing dialogue of life's most important questions that has been occurring since the beginning of humanity. By participating in this Great Conversation, we learn and cannot help to aspire to become our best possible selves because we find ourselves discussing life's most serious questions in the midst humanity's greatest thinkers. Being part of the Great Conversation makes us more human because we are joining the community of humanity. We begin to appreciate and critically assess the values, tradition, and beliefs that helped shape the culture and society around us. 

Writing

I am surprised at the casual writing of these chapters. I felt as if I were in a dialogue with the author himself. 

Concerning his writing style, there are so many aspects that I love about this introduction. His use of long and short sentences to build pacing and to drive a point home, his use of sentence frames. His strange use of first person through the use of [The Editors believe...], use of military words for everyday actions to show urgency and seriousness. I desire to be a type of writer that can use these tools of rhetoric at my employ. I want to teach my students to appreciate, study, and create persuasive writing such as this.

I can see that his writing style is so orderly and concise. The flow of thought was deliberate and served the larger purpose of introducing this 56 volume series, advocating for classical education, and promoting certain human virtues and values through reading the classics.

I was astounded by how he organized and stylized his book to promote moderation. I addressed weaknesses in his argument and condoned any extreme position that used "straw-men" to promote their position. I can think of no better book to serve as an example of the "They say, I say" mentality in writing academic essays.

Disagreements & Further Discussion Required

  • Importance of Vocational Learning
  • Great Books of the Eastern World
  • Promote Education of the Classics through Technology
  • Creating an Environment of Opportunity is Not Enough

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