Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Asking for Help and Reasoned, Academic Responses!

I know I'm placing myself on the chopping block here, and I kinda wanted to not talk about politics, but I'm having a hard time explaining discrepancy in academic sources to my students. For those who don't know, an academic source should, ideally, not be biased, or contain as little bias as possible. For example, the President clearly said he isn't "taking away everyone's guns", only placing restrictions. I had to point out there are restrictions on the the First Amendment in this class. For example, you can't pass someone else's work as your own. However, there are groups of people that seem to say that the President said the exact opposite--that the President wants to "take away guns".

I tried doing a Google search from a student's perspective, and typed in "Obama taking away guns." I am just not finding information that supports this argument. I see restrictions, I see "curbing gun violence", but I am not seeing any actions being taken to support this position.  

How to explain this gap to my students? I'm trying to show different perspectives in arguments when writing an essay.

My students are college age Intro to English students. 

I'm looking for academic responses, NOT finger pointing, please!

With Sincere Thanks,

Carissa

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