Switchin' Flies

By Barney Nelson.
People often say I am opinionated and argumentative. Since I have taught "argument" as a college prof for over 20 years, you'd think I would win more often. But I usually lose. So, of course, since I can't actually DO it, I TEACH it. I always begin my brilliant introduction to argument with two statements that usually---well, ok, once-in-a-while---get my students' attention, or at least I claim it does. First I explain that what we are about to talk about should be called persuasion instead of argument, and second, that they are already experts and just need to tap into what they already know.

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