teaching them to become subversives

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NewAmerica

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Mandarin
It seems that subversive is a pejorative term. Thus, teaching people to become subversives is immoral, which appears to be contradicting the author's intention.

How to understand it?

Thanks in advance

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Teams can be taught how to learn more from mistakes, or use tension to their advantage, or make what seems like misspent hours into lessons getting them closer to their goals. Schools can be remade by empowering the people closest to a problem. The lives of senior citizens can be remade by teaching them to become subversives.

We can all become more productive.

-Smarter, Faster, Better
by Charles Duhigg
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    What is this about? Can you tell us what the writer's intentions are, and how he thinks senior citizens' lives can be improved?

    I doubt he is advocating turning pensioners into political activists, though he might be.
     

    cando

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    English - British
    Clearly the author does not think that being "subversive" is always immoral. Sometimes systems need to be challenged for their own benefit and that of the whole group. He is also suggesting that it can be stimulating and rejuvenating for older people if they don't just passively accept what is done to and for them but also speak up and challenge what they see as wrong.
     

    NewAmerica

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    Mandarin
    The title of the book is:Smarter, Faster, Better.

    In the closing of the book, the author says: We can all become more productive.

    Thus, the intention of the author is: We can all become smarter, faster, better.

    And being subversive is to make the society worse, not better, exactly contrary to the purpose of the book.

    What is this about? Can you tell us what the writer's intentions are, and how he thinks senior citizens' lives can be improved?

    I doubt he is advocating turning pensioners into political activists, though he might be.
     

    cando

    Senior Member
    English - British
    The title of the book is:Smarter, Faster, Better.

    In the closing of the book, the author says: We can all become more productive.

    Thus, the intention of the author is: We can all become smarter, faster, better.

    And being subversive is to make the society worse, not better, exactly contrary to the purpose of the book.
    Obviously the author does not agree with that view in all circumstances.
     

    NewAmerica

    Banned
    Mandarin
    Got it.

    Is subversive usually seen as negative and harmful in everyday use of English?

    Clearly the author does not think that being "subversive" is always immoral. Sometimes systems need to be challenged for their own benefit and that of the whole group. He is also suggesting that it can be stimulating and rejuvenating for older people if they don't just passively accept what is done to and for them but also speak up and challenge what they see as wrong.
     

    cando

    Senior Member
    English - British
    Got it.

    Is subversive usually seen as negative and harmful in everyday use of English?
    Generally speaking I think it is. But it could be regarded as a necessary or even beneficial thing if you think that blind conformity to systems can be personally and socially harmful.
     
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