I have a question.
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|Fri, 06-19-2009 - 9:00pm|
I've noticed a new line of "argumentation" lately and I am wondering both about the reasons behind it and it's effectiveness.
The line goes this. Somebody mentions something, usually something they are quite happy with. Something like, "Our school has about 30 students per class, but so far we have really high test scores, so I guess it's working out."
And then somebody else says, "Sorry you have such lousy teacher:student ratios in your area."
What's the point?
No new information is being conveyed with the "sorry" comment.
No real sympathy is being either asked for or conveyed, as far as I can tell.
No real debate is taking place. In the example I gave, there could possibly be room for discussion about the relationship of class size to test performance. But the "sorry" comment, I dunno, it seems to me like a veiled putdown or perhaps a veiled brag about how much better off the "sorry" person has it, or perhaps a combination of both. In any case, it stifled discussion/debate, at least from what I have noticed.
Am I missing something?