QUESTION TEXT: Dana: It is wrong to think that…
QUESTION TYPE: Point at Issue
ARGUMENTS: Dana argues that we shouldn’t use the same educational methods with all children. Many children have been raised in communal environments and would do better in group settings. Dana argues that a child’s accustomed style of learning is the style that should be used.
Pat disagrees that we should always let a child’s accustomed style dictate the method to be used. Children should learn to be flexible and work in either setting.
ANALYSIS: Pat may think that some kids learn better alone and some learn better in groups. But he thinks that all kids should learn to function in both settings because those skills will be useful later.
He therefore disagrees with Dana that we should always teach children in the style that will allow them to learn best. Pat is willing to sacrifice some learning for more skill acquisition.
- Pat says yes. Dana might think that children could learn from individual activities, but think that they would learn better from group activities.
- CORRECT. Pat thinks children should be flexible. Dana thinks education should change to suit the preferences of the child.
- Dana says yes. Pat might agree but thinks that it is important for children to learn individual skills too (even if they would learn better in group settings.)
- Neither Pat nor Dana say what the main purpose of education is.
- Dana says yes. Pat might think that it is sometimes desirable. He just doesn’t think it is always desirable.
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