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.
Many would agree that a diversity of opinion can lead to greater knowledge of a concept, a work, or a subject. However, for this to be true, a specific object should be the point of disagreement, not an underlying perspective. For example, two people who have read the same essay and have different opinions on the content can discuss it and perhaps broaden both of their views. However, if two people read the same essay and one of them hated reading entirely, neither would learn much from the experience, simply because the two people would have no common ground. We do often learn better from those whose views we share, but this is not due to the stress that disagreement brings. It is because two people must have at least some common ground to learn from each other, and totally opposing perspectives will lead each side to believe more firmly in their own point of view, learning nothing.
Dissension is sometimes necessary for advancement; when Copernicus discovered that the earth goes around the sun, he was ostracized for his view. However, people with entirely opposing attitudes will not learn from each other because their views are incompatible. For example, a left-leaning student in America would not be able to learn from a Trump-supporting teacher simply because that difference would cause the student to feel unable to trust other things the teacher taught because their opinions clashed so strongly in other areas.
Furthermore, those with different views may feel that they are not able to respect each other. A teenager with a strong inclination toward environmental preservation likely would not be able to easily learn from a businessman whose company spills oil into the ocean, even if the businessman was several times his age and had lengthy experience in his field. However, the teenager would not feel that the stress of their disagreement stopped her from learning; instead she would consider it a choice to close herself off from the teachings of such untrustworthy sources.
Lastly, a fundamental disagreement between two people often end with each person leaving the conversation more convinced of his or her own correctness than he or she was before. For example, two of my roommates recently had a disagreement because one believed the other was messy, while the accused firmly believed that she was not. Despite a long discussion and some tears, neither was convinced by the other, and both left the discussion more firmly entrenched in her own belief. However, the disagreement was preserved not by the stress of the situation but by each girl’s stubbornness and refusal to see things another way.
Most adults should feel able to handle a discussion where the other person disagrees with them; we get used to that sort of stress over the years. However, one cannot learn so easily from someone who he or she does not agree with because the opposing viewpoints indicate a deeper incompatibility of their views, which may lead to disrespect or obstinacy and therefore can staunch the flow of knowledge.
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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 1, column 586, Rule ID: AFFORD_VB
Message: This verb is used with the infinitive: 'to better', 'to well'
Suggestion: to better; to well
...ave no common ground. We do often learn better from those whose views we share, but th...
Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, furthermore, however, if, lastly, may, so, therefore, while, at least, for example, sort of
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 16.0 19.5258426966 82% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 19.0 12.4196629213 153% => OK
Conjunction : 16.0 14.8657303371 108% => OK
Relative clauses : 15.0 11.3162921348 133% => OK
Pronoun: 43.0 33.0505617978 130% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 62.0 58.6224719101 106% => OK
Nominalization: 14.0 12.9106741573 108% => OK
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2552.0 2235.4752809 114% => OK
No of words: 507.0 442.535393258 115% => OK
Chars per words: 5.03353057199 5.05705443957 100% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.74517233601 4.55969084622 104% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.75602192647 2.79657885939 99% => OK
Unique words: 243.0 215.323595506 113% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.479289940828 0.4932671777 97% => OK
syllable_count: 774.9 704.065955056 110% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.5 1.59117977528 94% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 5.0 6.24550561798 80% => OK
Article: 7.0 4.99550561798 140% => OK
Subordination: 4.0 3.10617977528 129% => OK
Conjunction: 4.0 1.77640449438 225% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 1.0 4.38483146067 23% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 18.0 20.2370786517 89% => OK
Sentence length: 28.0 23.0359550562 122% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively long.
Sentence length SD: 53.2639884832 60.3974514979 88% => OK
Chars per sentence: 141.777777778 118.986275619 119% => OK
Words per sentence: 28.1666666667 23.4991977007 120% => OK
Discourse Markers: 5.33333333333 5.21951772744 102% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.97078651685 101% => OK
Language errors: 1.0 7.80617977528 13% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 5.0 10.2758426966 49% => More positive sentences wanted.
Sentences with negative sentiment : 9.0 5.13820224719 175% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 4.0 4.83258426966 83% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.249544652412 0.243740707755 102% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0854898183485 0.0831039109588 103% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0737174141549 0.0758088955206 97% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.136789364632 0.150359130593 91% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0495919600915 0.0667264976115 74% => OK
automated_readability_index: 16.3 14.1392134831 115% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 51.52 48.8420337079 105% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.92365168539 111% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 13.0 12.1743820225 107% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.19 12.1639044944 100% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.02 8.38706741573 96% => OK
difficult_words: 96.0 100.480337079 96% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 13.5 11.8971910112 113% => OK
gunning_fog: 13.2 11.2143820225 118% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.7820224719 110% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
Note: the e-grader does NOT examine the meaning of words and ideas. VIP users will receive further evaluations by advanced module of e-grader and human graders.