Grids and Grades

Using rubrics for writing assignments is something that often ends up being a topic of discussion. Although I might agree with their potential of improving the overall assignment, their efficiency is still something that I need to observe first-hand. Throughout my four-year undergraduate student life, I only had to use a rubric twice. I believe I lost both of those rubrics before completing the assignment. Looking back, I’m not absolutely certain of the degree they could have altered the outcome. Hence, I personally neglected of using a rubric in my own classes. Though, after reading the article, Using Rubrics to Develop and Apply Grading Criteria by John Bean, I might have developed an interest in designing rubrics to utilize for future writing assignments.

Since I have a presentation based on that particular article and I need to hand in a print-out, I do not find it necessary to copy and paste my analysis here. I have learned a lot of things about the nature of rubrics from the article. Some of them are very intriguing. I’m interested in finding out what others think about utilizing rubrics in the class. Perhaps even certain details about rubrics that are not touched upon in the article but stemmed from personal experiences could be brought up. I think it will an interesting discussion.

Final Project

I was unable to attend the last week’s class and receive any pointers as to how to revise my piece. So, I simply added couple of paragraphs to the end. Due to amount of final assignments and other responsibilities, my contribution for this particular assignment this week is extremely limited. I’m little behind at the moment but I’m hoping that I can pick up the pace for next week.

Here’s the current version of my first draft article:

“Selective Truth/Fake News

Truth is often what we make of it. Even the very definition of the word itself reveals its subjective nature. Truth is fact or belief that is accepted as true, and not everyone believes in the same think. Different beliefs and alternative interpretations of something considered a fact tend to create frictions among people, especially in sensitive topics such as politics. We often hear the saying, “that person speaks so much truth” but that truth is only one perspective out of many.

Paul Pardi talks about the elusiveness of truth in his article, What is Truth?, and claims “our perspective will even influence our ability to come up with a definition” for it. He asks the question: “if we decide that no one can get to what is true, what good is the definition?”Discovering the proper definition of what truth is requires us to be independent from the individual and subjectivity. It is important to make a distinction between truth and access to the truth. A fact is based on a scientific model for its discernment and collated to resemble a truth in objective matter. How this result is perceived depends on the perception of the individual. Though, it is quite difficult for many to accept the existence of truth independent of their own world view. Then, the question that everyone begins to ask is: “fact according to whom?”

If truth is “centered only in what an individual experiences”, then only a general consensus can help define the concept of truth for that individual. It is a common human nature to find others who agree or accept the reality just as we personally do. That strengthens our own belief on what is a fact and what is not. This could be very efficient but it could also be extremely dangerous. Many people who study psychology often claim that our minds are molded out of those who are around us as we experience the reality. However, we no longer depend on those people since we now have the access to social media where we can find others who actually share the same beliefs as we do.

Think about someone who attempts to make a joke. If people laugh, then that person becomes certain that his or her sense of humor is great. If they don’t laugh, then perhaps that person needs to work on it and develop a better sense. This natural method of growth or development is robbed from many individuals, especially young ones, due to existence of social media. They can now simply find people who will choose to laugh at their “great” sense of humor and they do not ever need to work on it. In our modern day of social media centered existence, the concept of truth has become a choose-your-own-adventure-book type of discovery. If you agree with this particular notion, go to [insert twitter handle]. If you disagree with it, go to [insert a different twitter handle]. If you neither agree nor disagree, go to twitter and start a new handle (why not?).

There is also the bias that comes with the common truth. A study of behavior based on common interests display the innate favoritism that people possess. We are drawn toward aspects and notions that are in common with our own personal interests. A person who might be considered shady or criminal could easily become someone we wish to befriend simply because he or she also enjoys the same brand of candy as we do. Turning a blind eye tends to be a common occurrence in the presence of common interest. This natural behavior is encouraged greatly on social media.

As individuals, we need to be more responsible of how we seek the truth. Open-mindedness and patience are two key virtues that could serve well in that discovery. The truth may not always be what we wish it to be but it is important to be conscious of our beliefs and how they affect our judgment. Driving a car is very dangerous but as long as the driver is responsible of how to steer the vehicle, the potential of safe driving and co-existence on the road is possible.”


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