Saturday, February 12, 2011
What makes the world go 'round?
This semester, I am teaching a college writing course that has specific curriculum components to it, one of which is political science. Yesterday’s topic was immigration. I was surprised by the variety of opinions young people seem to have concerning immigration and the issues surrounding it.
I decided to rein in the discussion so the class could re-focus on the concept of writing about political topics rather than arguing over them, but I encountered difficulty as the conversation became spirited.
I decided to pose the following question to the class and asked for a written response in essay form. The result was fascinating. I wonder if my readers would fare as well as my students. Here it is:
If we were to relocate everyone in Japan to Ireland, and everyone in Ireland to Japan, would the people living in Japan be Irish and those in Ireland be Japanese?