Ground rules for civil discourse

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As I look toward the freshman survey I’ll be teaching in the Fall and reflect upon my experiences leading recitation sections, serving as a teaching assistant, participating in graduate seminars, and arguing politics with relatives, a handout for my students with some basic guidelines for civil discourse seems ever more like a good idea. Below is a pdf of the document I developed, which I plan to discuss with the students in the first days of the course. The survey, which will be capped at 25 students, will be heavily discussion-oriented and should therefore provide many excellent opportunities for the students to practice civil discourse and learn its value in everyday life. As always, I welcome comments and recommendations.

3 thoughts on “Ground rules for civil discourse

    1. Hello! I have no problem with others using this whatsoever. Feel free to “Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format” and/or “Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.”
      Thank you for asking though!

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