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Teaching Heterodoxy: ESL and Viewpoint Diversity

This is the second post in our Teaching Heterodoxy series.

By Dr. Cory Holland, Worcester State University

The following activity occurred in the context of an English as a Second Language (ESL) writing class for international students hoping to matriculate in US universities. This particular class was evenly split between students from China and students from Saudi Arabia, a detail that will become important shortly. Students in this class are at a high-intermediate level of English proficiency and are learning to write short essays in genres common to introductory university classes.

Research Summary: The Polarizing Effects of Online Partisan Criticism: Evidence from Two Experiments

We conclude that online partisan criticism likely has contributed to rising affective and social polarization in recent years between Democrats and Republicans in the United States, and perhaps between partisan and ideological group members in other developed democracies as well. We close by discussing the troubling implications of these findings in light of continuing attempts by autocratic regimes and other actors to influence democratic elections via false identities on social media.

Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—January 12, 2018 Edition

At Heterodox Academy

Teaching Heterodoxy: Syllabus Language to Support Viewpoint Diversity by HxA member Debra Mashek. Submit your strategy for teaching viewpoint diversity in your classroom.

Elsewhere on the Web

How the Right Weaponized Free Speech by Joan W. Scott, Chronicle of Higher Education

Evergreen copes with fallout, months after 'Day of Absence' sparked national debate, PBS Newshour

Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018 by Julie A. Peterson and Lisa M. Rudgers, Inside Higher Ed

The 'Right' to Disrupt Free Speech on Campus--It Doesn't Exist by George Leef, Forbes

Inmates are Classmates in this Program by Michael Anft, The Chronicle of Higher Education

More Speech or Enforced Silence? Stephen Rohde Reviews Two Recent Books on the Subject of Free Speech on Campus, LA Review of Books

Campus free speech fears 'whipped up,' says university boss by Judith Burns, BBC News

Teaching reverence for the truth an essential part of any college education by Michael A. McRobbie, president of Indiana University, HuffPost

Insightful articles on free speech & social justice by Julia Galef

Teaching Heterodoxy: Syllabus Language to Support Viewpoint Diversity

There’s broad agreement that the syllabus is a contract of sorts that spells out expectations, policies, and pathways through the inquiry at hand.  Equally important, I ask my syllabus to set the tone for the entire course. I pick my words carefully, hoping to signal my and my students’ reciprocal roles in the processes of teaching and learning. As students and faculty alike navigate ideological polarization, tribalism, and hostility, it feels especially important to get this tone-setting document right.

Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—January 5, 2018 Edition

Drexel Professor Whose Charged Tweets Drew Fire From the Right Will Leave the University, by Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education Romanticizing the Hunter-Gatherer, by William Buckner, Quillette Britain May Fine Universities That Limit Free Speech, by Scott Jaschik, InsideHigherEd Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public? by Doug Lederman, InsideHigherEd The Future of Trumpism..

Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—December 22, 2017 Edition

At Heterodox Academy 2017 End of Year Letter from Jonathan Haidt Research summary: The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds by Sean Stevens, HxA Research Director The Campus Expression Survey: Summary of New Data by Sean Stevens, HxA Research Director Essential Reading: Richard Shweder on the End of the Modern Academy by Jonathan Haidt Elsewhere on the..

Research Summary: The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds

Sean Stevens is HxA’s Research Director The founding of Heterodox Academy had roots in a collaboration between five social psychologists and one sociologist that produced a featured paper, and 33 responses to it, in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  A number of specific recommendations to improve social psychology were made, but the main thesis was that..

The Campus Expression Survey: Summary of New Data

By Sean Stevens, HxA’s Research Director Back in July, I presented some preliminary data from our Campus Expression Survey (CES).  The CES was developed by members1 of Heterodox Academy in response to students and professors who say they feel like they are “walking on eggshells”, not just in the classroom but in informal interactions on campus..