Chapter 5: “How to Know What YOU Are Arguing”

“The problem with value language is that it is both slippery and extreme. Whenever I see it in a student essay, I think of those yellow caution signs that declare a recently mopped floor, a wee man flailing backward: Cuidado! Danger! Value language doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t craft an effective argument, but it comes with a high risk of destabilizing that argument.”