Date of publication: 2017-07-09 05:51
Our Holy Mother, this Theotokos , “Mother of God,” is our guide through wilderness of our own making the wilderness not of this Earth, but in the heart of man. She will show us to Our Lord. Always there was Providence always there will be. In the beginning was our end in the end is our beginning. We live in a place that is indestructibly ordered.
The thesis or argument in the traditional five-paragraph essay doesn't lend itself to debatability or originality. It's a trap that students can never escape. A few years ago, I got the chance to be an AP English reader for the College Board. Over and over, if a student used the rudimentary three-part "argument," there was no way he or she could demonstrate success in the analysis essay--even though we were all supportive readers. Students were trapped into only writing about three aspects of the text instead of starting at the top, ending at the bottom, and going through the text with a critical eye that revealed an insight to the reader.
A question that has come up a lot is how to use this with English-Language Learners. We must remember that they can and should be given opportunities to think critically even though they don't speak English fluently. One option is to have students use key terms or vocabulary in English (. freedom of speech in schools) and explain their viewpoing or reasoning in their native language. This, of course, only works if it's a bilingual classroom.
My personal opinion: worry less about the format and more about the finished product. There are many ways to skin a to write an interesting and effective essay, for that matter.
Of old our ancestors created many institutions. In my own lifetime I have seen a few set up, to resist an evil or advance a good. One may see the good intentions, however naïve. The creative powers with which we were endowed, in the image of our Maker the ability to “co-create” through art, music, poetry, and marvellous acts of charity must be something that excites the Devil’s envy. He wants power, and finds in us a power that he lacks. How to turn it against us?
Ignatz, if we're not preparing student for real life, we should just turn off the lights, close the doors, and go home. The five-paragraph essay is useless outside of the classroom. There are so many other ways to teach persuasion--and to persuade.
Put not your trust in men this is part of the immortal teaching. Who can mistake it? If a million men are united in error, be not intimidated trust in God rather. Remember that one owes a death, and that at the last day, one must make an account of oneself to no human tribunal, but to that singular Christ who knows what it is to be human. And who knows His own.
We have not “fake news,” in the sense of false information. Or rather, that fakery is elevated in significance by the choice of fake (. media-manufactured) “issues.” Conversely, anything which constitutes a genuine threat to life and liberty, to health and longevity, will be ignored.