Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

General Semantics at Vermont Academy

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

General Semantics at Vermont Academy

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I WAS FIRST introduced to GS as a graduate student at St. Lawrence University in the 1970's. I was in the army teaching in the ROTC program there. I have been teaching at Vermont Academy since retiring from the army 22 years ago. About five years ago I decided to integrate GS ideas as much as possible in all of my classes. (Currently I teach primarily juniors and seniors.) For instance, in a sophomore history class studying the Cold War, students wrote papers arguing that either the US or the USSR was responsible for the initial tensions of that conflict, then they grokdueled in "opposing" pairs in front of the class. [Ed. Note: "grokduel," coined by Edward MacNeal in 1999, refers to a contest in which two or more parties vie to see who best understands the position of the other.)

In my class room I have copies of ETC going back several years and I have marked those articles I think most germane for students in a particular course. Starting last October (2006), the students selected one of these articles to read each week. …

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