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METTM Activity 4: on "the tyranny of the quantifiable" – T


Upon the completion of this assignment…

  • you will achieve the critical reading objective of practicing reading of intellectually complex texts with social and personal relevance…
  • and you will demonstrate composition skills by exploring a line of inquiry and limiting the topic appropriately.


Part One–respond to the quote about how, unfortunately, "what can be measured…takes precedence over what cannot: private profit over public good; speed and efficiency over enjoyment and quality; the utilitarian over the mysteries…" (97). Use one of the three types of "tyranny of the quantifiable" that Solnit mentions after the colon (I have underlined them above), and explain how it applies to a specific aspect of your experience. [100-200 words]