A study released today by the University of Chicago showed that any moment labeled "teachable" by the media will, in fact, ensure the opposite.
"We found that use of the phrase 'teachable moment' was a turn-off. Generally, if you have to attempt to label it as teachable then, by definition, it's not. Teachable moments come through hard experience, not through partisan media blowhards lecturing the American people."
Other researchers concur, including one University of Michigan professor who questioned the wisdom of national conversations.
"We need to have a national conversation on whether there should be a moratorium on national conversations."