Discussion Questions

Discussion Question 7


Answer ONLY ONE of the following questions as thoughtfully as possible, after reading the lecture. Then post your answer to the English 103 Message Board by the deadline. Your answer is due no later than Thursday, Nov. 2.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 5. In order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 3 other people's postings.

Please answer the question as thoughtfully as possible, after reading the lecture. Then post your answer to the English 207 Message Board by the deadline.

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board

Remember: This discussion question is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers will receive 0 points. Points will be assigned according to the thoughtfulness of your answers, not by whether they are "right" or not, since sometimes there is no "right" answer. Just be sure your ideas are supported by the material in the readings.

1. Malcolm Gladwell says, "In twenty-five years...no one in America will play football..." (Klosterman 178). Give 2 of the reasons why he might be right. Give 2 reasons why he might be wrong.

2. Klosterman talks about the movie Whiplash, in which a teacher at a music conservatory relentlessly and (some say) cruelly pushes a student to become great. The teacher doesn't believe in praise. "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job,' he says..." (189). Do you agree with this teacher that praise harms students more than it helps them, and that criticism and cruelty are the path to greatness?

3. Klosterman argues that video games will replace sports in the future. Give two reasons why that might happen. Give two reasons why it might not.

When you respond to other people's answers, be sure to post a response of substance, which adds new details or ideas to what they've said, or asks questions for clarification. Don't just say "I agree that the teacher in Whiplash is great" or some variation on that. Really give some thought to what the other student has said and see what you can contribute.