In âHow PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoric,â a highly engaging parody that came out in the June 23, 2016 issue in the Off Center section of SmartSet.com
, the magazineâs contributing writer Michael Lind gives a lowdown on PowerPoint by arguing that its advent in 1987 has been âinadvertently bringing about the collapse of Western civilization.â
He tragicomically laments that because of PowerPoint, the art of oratory has all but collapsed: âThe traditional speech is extinct, except for ritual speeches like commencement addresses and presidential State of the Union addresses. At some point these, too, will probably become PowerPoint presentations.â
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Lind intones with transcendental anguish: âIt is said that âGod created men, and Colt made men equal.â Like the Colt revolver, the PowerPoint presentation is an equalizing and democratizing technology. It has eliminated the advantage enjoyed in earlier ages by speakers who organized their material well and mastered the arts of acquiring and maintaining the attention of an audience. Today you can flourish in the corporate, academic, government, and nonprofit worlds, even if you are illogical and inarticulate â as long as you can slap together a boring slideshow.âRead Michael Lindâs âHow PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoricâ in SmartSet.com now! ANOTHER INTERESTING READING:
In âHow to make a good teacher,â an article in the June 11, 2016 issue of The Economist
(UK), it is propounded that the secret to stellar grades and thriving students is teachers, but here should be a concerted effort to ensure that every teacher can teach, and to do away altogether with the tenacious myth that good teachers are born, not made. It cites an American study showing that in a single yearâs teaching, the top 10% of teachers impart three times as much learning to their pupils as the worst 10% do.
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Thus, teachers need to be assiduously trained how to impart knowledge and prepare young minds to receive and retain it. They must learn how to set clear goals, enforce high standards of behavior, and manage their lesson time wisely. Read the article âHow to make a good teacherâ in The Economist (UK) now!