Friday, December 30, 2005
A Dialogue Is Not Really What They Have In Mind
As Charlotte Hays notes
:But let's say students do want to talk about same-sex relationships or religious differences. Who wants to discuss these matters with total strangers? Let alone the kinds of strangers who would attend such sessions. One imagines that participants here are self-selected--those who plan to go on at length about various forms of oppression they may have endured and those who enjoy being on the receiving end of such flagellation. If anyone departs from either of those assigned roles, a shouting match will most likely ensue. Instead of Difficult Dialogues the Ford Foundation might have considered creating Excellent Etiquette grants to inculcate the good manners necessary for living in a diverse society.