Intellectual Discussion Cut Short by Rudeness

I honestly don’t know where to find the organization discussed in the video, or if it ever got off the ground. However, the text got me thinking. The Internet could be a great way for people from all over the world to connect with each other and gain greater understanding of each other. Sometimes it is. But many times one encounters horrific rudeness.

This crass behavior and lack of maturity stops any potential intellectual discussion dead in its tracks. I’ve found myself getting on the defensive and behaving badly when I feel under attack. I would love the idea that there would be a place that people could turn to engage in discussion and polite debate. Sadly, such places are few and far between, both on the Internet and in the real world.


Differing Viewpoints and Disagreement

The gentleman in this video holds that life would be boring if we all held the same viewpoint.

There is truth in this observation.

However, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said following the assassination of Malcolm X, we have not yet learned to disagree without becoming violently disagreeable.

There are some people who are so hell-bent on having others adhere to their viewpoint that they will do anything to insure that this happens. The results can range from disagreeable to deadly when reason is removed from discourse.


Tough Times For Schools


Published on Aug 1, 2013

Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with TN Mornings at 5 am and News at 9 pm.NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro, Wilson, Dickson, Giles and Trousdale County Schools are all back in session. Students are storming the hallways at Hillwood High School. It’s an early start that most are still getting used to.Down the road at H.G. Hill Middle School, students showing up in the masses prepared to take on the day.As students settle in and work out minor problems, Metro School administrators are hard at work handling the bigger issues.Students starting the school year with one teacher could end up with another. That’s because 65 teachers are considered under-performing teachers and could be fired in the coming weeks.Dr. Register won’t be cutting all the teaching jobs in question, but did say he plans to re-assign some teachers and give additional training to those that need it. The potential cuts affect mostly middle and high school teachers, and make up less than 1% of employees. According to recent TCAP scores, Metro students are doing better in math, but not making much progress in reading. So, this year, Metro Schools will be putting more of an emphasis on reading and language arts.Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.