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“Is freedom of speech always desirable?”

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on the Amos Yee saga.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “always” The modifier “always” makes the premise a narrower and stricter one. Premise: “Freedom of speech is desirable in all circumstances.” The focus of the discussion should be on whether the claim is true “in all circumstances”, not merely whether it is true. The Read more about “Is freedom of speech always desirable?”[…]

“Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on Obama’s Clean Power Plan.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “should”, “greater” The broad issue is the role of developed nations in fighting climate change. However, a hasty treatment of the question can sometimes cause students to treat the question as though it says, “What is the role of developed nations Read more about “Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?[…]