Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Why Writing Matters

Posted on Oct 26, 2014

Published in the October 24, 2014 Noozhawk. More than 2,000 years ago, in The Art of Rhetoric, Aristotle outlined “The Rhetorical Triangle”— Ethos, Pathos and Logos. These were, he said, the best methods to persuade an audience: Through the credibility of the speaker or writer (Ethos), by an appeal to the emotions (Pathos) or by appealing to logic (Logos). While these principles are as valid now as they were in the 4th century B.C.E.,...

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Good writing comes from the heart

Posted on Oct 26, 2014

Published in the October 23, 2014 Santa Maria Times. I have written about the importance of writing and how local students are often lacking in writing skills. Numerous studies have been done, much time and effort spent trying to determine how students can improve in this subject, which is so critical to their future success. In 2003, the National Commission on Writing called for “a writing revolution” in American education. Studies...

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Student Evaluations Resulting in Too Much Agony, Too Little Ecstasy

Posted on Oct 12, 2014

Published in the October 10, 2014 Noozhawk. For many of the nation’s part-time or adjunct instructors teaching in higher education, receiving word that they will be evaluated by their students is cause for anxiety, sleepless nights, even panic. For adjunct faculty who are hired semester to semester, student evaluations are often the key component in determining whether they will be going to the classroom or the unemployment office next...

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