Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Blogs vs. Term Papers
After reading the New York Times article, Blog vs. Term Papers, I completely agree with Cathy N. Davidson, an English professor at Duke, and believe that the term paper should be eradicated. The term paper can be very stressful to students. I also concur with the argument established in the article that term papers require facts, and there really is no room for loose opinions. Granted, term papers are relevant, in that they allow the course instructor to see how the student has become more competent using the material learned; but with the vast amount of technological resources, such extensive writing can be unnecessary. I say this because term papers are usually 5 to 10 pages in length; that's quite a demand.
In my opinion, the person who wrote the article actually agreed that term papers should be removed as well. The author quoted Ms. Cathy Davidson saying that blogs are fun. I also would agree, simple because as a student, I feel that I am allowed to express my opinion more through a blog than a term paper. With blogs, the students are allowed to not only include facts, but state weather they agree; being able to include personal expressions will always enable a writer to enjoy what they are writing.