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Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own.Reason: Disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning.Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagre

Essay topics: Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own.

Reason: Disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based.

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The world is riddled with billions of people, each with a different background that shapes their view of life. With so many people on the planet, it is unrealistic to believe that disagreements could not occur. On a small scale, they may occur between two siblings arguing over a toy. On a large scale, wars are brought to mind. Without these disagreements, the world might be a more peaceful place, but our learning would stagnate and atrophy. In actuality, humans tend to learn more from conflict because it forces us to consider ideas we might have never thought of prior.

Humans have a tendency to grasp firmly onto beliefs, refusing to consider alternative views simply on the basis of stubbornness. However, a room full of like-minded people cannot grow – the idea will remain stagnant even as the world around it changes, until eventually it is no longer relevant at all. In contrast, when we discuss our views with those who oppose them, we can often learn much about the other side of the argument, which in turn informs our own thinking.

Many levels of education actually promote disagreement through a debate team, where a group of students voluntarily participate in a structured and organized discussion regarding controversial issues. Though at the end of the debate there is often a winning team, the point of this activity is to expand minds and broaden our scope of thinking. Speaking with proponents of the opposing side may bring to light issues that we haven’t even thought of before. Disagreements, however uncomfortable they may be, often are the turning points in ideologies. Without disagreements, a person may never venture to look beyond their beliefs, and thus never change.

In a heated situation, disagreements may escalate into full-blown arguments. When an argument becomes volatile, the disagreement is no longer conducive to learning; rather, our minds and bodies may become so overwhelmed that we seek to run from the enemy. Worse, we may even harm them in order to “win” the debate. This response is a product of our biology – our brain perceives stress and activates the “fight or flight” center of our brain, motivating us to get out of the situation as best we can. This kind of disagreement is definitely not conducive to learning, and it that sense, the argument is correct. However, not all disagreements intensify in this matter. If the participants are willing to set aside their feelings and peacefully discuss the issue at hand, our minds remain open to learning.

A room full of individuals with identical beliefs may indeed be the more pleasant environment. However, a group of people who are able to set aside their own personal emotions and discuss disagreements in a rational and calm way is ultimately the more knowledgeable group. Education is impossible without conflict – it is disagreement that forces us to learn about the theories, beliefs, and viewpoints of others. Engaging in disagreement broadens our worldview and forms us into well-rounded and more knowledgeable individuals.

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Transition Words or Phrases used:
actually, but, however, if, look, may, regarding, so, thus, well, in contrast, kind of

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 19.0 19.5258426966 97% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 16.0 12.4196629213 129% => OK
Conjunction : 15.0 14.8657303371 101% => OK
Relative clauses : 12.0 11.3162921348 106% => OK
Pronoun: 47.0 33.0505617978 142% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 80.0 58.6224719101 136% => OK
Nominalization: 13.0 12.9106741573 101% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2586.0 2235.4752809 116% => OK
No of words: 503.0 442.535393258 114% => OK
Chars per words: 5.14115308151 5.05705443957 102% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.73578520332 4.55969084622 104% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.00729061798 2.79657885939 108% => OK
Unique words: 267.0 215.323595506 124% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.530815109344 0.4932671777 108% => OK
syllable_count: 787.5 704.065955056 112% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59117977528 101% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 8.0 6.24550561798 128% => OK
Article: 10.0 4.99550561798 200% => Less articles wanted as sentence beginning.
Subordination: 5.0 3.10617977528 161% => OK
Conjunction: 4.0 1.77640449438 225% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 9.0 4.38483146067 205% => Less preposition wanted as sentence beginnings.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 25.0 20.2370786517 124% => OK
Sentence length: 20.0 23.0359550562 87% => OK
Sentence length SD: 42.4033206247 60.3974514979 70% => OK
Chars per sentence: 103.44 118.986275619 87% => OK
Words per sentence: 20.12 23.4991977007 86% => OK
Discourse Markers: 3.44 5.21951772744 66% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.97078651685 101% => OK
Language errors: 3.0 7.80617977528 38% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 6.0 10.2758426966 58% => More positive sentences wanted.
Sentences with negative sentiment : 17.0 5.13820224719 331% => Less negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 2.0 4.83258426966 41% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.244615672866 0.243740707755 100% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0598191619279 0.0831039109588 72% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.057461729745 0.0758088955206 76% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.135055776431 0.150359130593 90% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0551874175878 0.0667264976115 83% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 12.8 14.1392134831 91% => Automated_readability_index is low.
flesch_reading_ease: 51.18 48.8420337079 105% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.92365168539 111% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 11.1 12.1743820225 91% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.53 12.1639044944 103% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.65 8.38706741573 103% => OK
difficult_words: 128.0 100.480337079 127% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 8.0 11.8971910112 67% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.0 11.2143820225 89% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.7820224719 110% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 79.17 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.75 Out of 6
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