Free vs. hate speech is a complex topic, and I am pretty certain you won’t all agree as you make your argument during Week 9.
Disagreement can make us uncomfortable. Disagreeing with someone can be really awkward, and it is very natural for some of us to want to avoid it. But critical thinking skills are build upon our ability to think and disagree with each other, respectfully.
The TED talk this week gives us a little bit of insight on why it is important to disagree.
Step 1: Watch!
For this discussion, please watch the TED talk below:
Step 2: Post Your Response to the Discussion Board by Wednesday
What is Heffernan’s main argument? Why does she think it is important to disagree?
How does disagreement lead to better partnerships? What kind of examples does Heffernan provide to prove that?
How have you viewed disagreement in your life? Do you embrace or avoid it? Why?
Step 3: Read and Respond to Your Peers by Sunday
Once you have written your responses, you are to respond to two of your peers’ posts in at least 100 words each. Reply to two posts that have yet to be responded to by a classmate. If everyone’s post has been responded to, evaluate the ones with the least amount of replies. For example, if every student has at least one reply, then respond to the students who only have one or two replies instead of those who have 5 or 6 already.
Use your personal experience, if it’s relevant, to support or debate other students’ posts. If differences of opinion occur, debate the issues professionally and provide examples to support opinions.
To reply to a peer, click “Reply” under their post, type your reply in the text box and click “Post Reply.”