Best Of Books, Proposed Changes To School Accountability, Winning An Argument

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Veronica Rueckert and Rob Ferrett get advice on what new books to read, explore a new bill that would change the accountability of Wisconsin schools, and learn how to win an argument as part of Central Time’s weekly “Teach Me What You Know” segment.

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  • Instructor Offers Tips On How To Win An Argument

    Whether or not we like it, conflict is a part of life. But when ideas clash and the stakes are high, it doesn’t have to be a free-for-all. There are rules of engagment that go hand-in-hand with conflict that can smooth the way to persuasion and better understanding, according to a debate instructor at Marquette University.

    David Denomie, the director of debate at Marquette, said the exchange of ideas is part of everyday discourse.

    “I think of debate and argument as something we all already do … everybody is doing it several times a day,” said Denomie

    An argument is intitally based on claim and warrant, said Denomie, breaking down a debate to its key components. Claim, he said, is the point one is trying to convince someone of. The warrant is comprised of the reasons someone should believe the argument. In other words, it’s good to back up one’s case with evidence, data and critical thinking.

    “You’re best off knowing your facts well,” said Denomie, including supporting evidence like quotes and documentary material.

    While it might seem natural to focus on the message one is trying to get across, Denomie said listening is key “at least, if not more important than how you speak.

    But how one speaks matters, too, he said. Denomie said a speaker must be adaptable to suit the audience.

    “Always adapt to the kind of audience you’re dealing with,” he advised.

    He said to use a common-sense tone of voice, alongside a manner of respect, are important. People can hear a raised voice and assume the conversation is becoming irrational, he said.

    Following Denomie’s advice doesn’t guarantee a win, but it might serve a person well next time they want to make their point of view heard.

  • New Book Recommendations

    Steve Paulson, executive producer of To the Best of Our Knowledge, joins us to share some of favorite new books.

  • New Bill Would Change School Accountability

    A new bill unveiled this week would change the accountability of Wisconsin schools, including the letter grades assigned to schools. An education expert explains how this bill would change schools in Wisconsin and how likely it is to pass.

  • Teach Me What You Know: Winning An Argument

    On this week’s “Teach Me What You Know” segment we learn how to win an argument from Marquette University’s director of debate.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Galen Druke Producer
  • Steve Correia Guest
  • Dave Denomie Guest