I was looking through the state's GLE (grade level expections) for my daughter's grade level and came upon one that had me shaking my head. Here's the GLE:
3.2.2 Analyzes and selects language appropriate for specific audiences and purposes.
- Selects and uses precise and specialized language in content writing (e.g., hypothesis in both science and social studies, hydration in health and fitness).
- Selects and uses persuasive techniques (e.g., testimonials, bandwagon).
- Selects and uses literary devices (e.g., simile, metaphor, and personification).
- Selects and uses poetic devices (e.g., repetition, rhythm, rhyme schemes).
- Searches for alternatives to commonly used words, particularly in persuasive writing and poetry.
The bullet point that particularly interested me was the second one. The examples given of testimonials and bandwagon are specifically addressed in our Fallacy Detective book as logical fallacies. Now why, oh why, are the schools teaching our kids to use logical fallacies rather than logical arguments?