In Grant Penrod’s Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, Penrod states his belief that we seemingly “hate” the brightest kids in school partially because of some of the most “noted dropouts” in today’s society. Additionally, Penrod claims that the perceived hatred of intelligence in a high school setting is causing actual emotional harm to the children who are labeled as the “nerds” or “geeks”- thus, the classic “smart kids.” If entering just about any of the several thousand high schools around the country, they will hear choruses of “Did you actually study?’ , “Why would you even bother studying- the game was on last night”, “Of course I didn’t study; I had football practice” or dozens of similar taunting phrases can be heard constantly
In Klosterman’s Harry Potter essay, he states, “I honestly don’t give a shit if my assumption is true or false” (“Death by Harry Potter”). Klosterman casually throws around words most professional writers avoid because it fits his style of humor and connects him with readers. Since Klosterman’s essays are already more informal due to his biting sarcasm and hyperbole, his use of curse words only adds to his growing bond with the audience. Modern society has built crass language into our basic vocabulary; Klosterman’s use of profanity presents him as an average person to his audience in order to connect with them. The accentuation of his opinions with expletives makes him seem more human and therefore relatable to
Despite the connotations that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may have lost focus in its message of anti-racism, the novel still displays a thoughtful and engaging take on the status of racism through setting and character development. Though authors like Jane Smiley believe the book is overpraised because the characters are shallow and ignored, Twain’s subtle commentary on racism through the use of his characters helps to create a realistic understanding of the social conditions at the time. One of Smiley’s main arguments against Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is that the novel overshadows Uncle Tom’s Cabin which she considers has more in-depth characters than the former book. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which for its portrayal of an array of thoughtful, autonomous, and passionate black characters leaves Huck Finn far behind.”
Is college worth the money? This has been a question asked by millions of high school seniors, current college students, graduates, and parents across the United States. Many argue that it opens more doors over those who chose not to attend while others argue that we send too many students all while increasing the national student loan debt. Author Marty Nemko argues in his article, “We Send too Many Students to College,” that too many students are pushed to go to college. Nemko assumes that those reading his article are parents questioning if college is the right decision for their child.
Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids is written in first-person point-of-view that gives the reader insight on why the majority of the population “Hate the Smart Kids”. This argumentative essay talks about why the majority of the population makes fun of the intelligent students in school and turn their backs on them. The tone that Grant Penrod gives off is his sympathy towards the intelligent students who are basically being bullied. This bulling of intellectuals is mainly receiving verbal abuse. As Penrod said, “Unfortunately, it represents just one statement along countless similar sites and positing, a veritable cornucopia of evidence attesting to society’s distaste for intellectuals” (755).
According to the Article “Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools are a Colossal Mistake. Here’s why” Diane believes charter schools are just taking money away from public schools and steering away from the real problem, which is academic performances are low where poverty and racial segregation is high. Charter schools are not reforming schools for the better. She says they go to the extreme of pushing students out of the chance to go to the charter school, because they’re afraid it will bring down there test scores. When before charters school were supposed to be working with public schools and help the weaker students get that extra help they need to do better in school.
He elaborates on this statement for the remainder of the analysis. He uses mockery and sarcasm in his sentences to state that “the show” is in fact pretentious behavior exhibited by the characters (especially Hester) and should therefore not have pity taken on them. By using the choppy sentences, each word is very emphasized. As he is very critical of Hester, the words in his sentences tend to be negative. These negative words are all meant to “wound” Hester Prynne.
Hazel said “If there was just some way we could make a little hole in the bottom of the bag, and just take out a few of them lead balls” (Vonnegut.p2). To make the situation worst, their entertainment has to be handicapped as well, so they would not make anyone feel bad about themselves. They have masks on their faces and weight around their ankles. If they are truly a utopia they would push their citizens toward success instead of holding them back with these torcher methods. The government has some of the citizens thinking if they take their handicaps off then things will go back to the old ways.
Without doubt, this exemplifies Holden’s ability to make observations. Holden doesn’t wash his face because the gore made him look tough and he likes it but he also proclaims that he’s a “pacifist”. Holden does one but says the opposite, this demonstrates Holden’s poor observation skills. Furthermore, in the novel, Holden says “I 'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.
I agree with Jenkins assumption that when all people have control over media the results can be a good thing and at other times a very bad thing. In Jenkins article he talks about Bert in a picture with Bin Laden. The picture can be view as creative and funny because one person made an evil Bert in America. In another country when the picture is found can be viewed negatively because it was used to support Bin Laden. The creator of Sesame Street were upset because now Bert who is a nice loving character is now view as evil and a supporter of Bin Laden.
So, the student basically opens the textbook and flips it around to show the teacher; because of, the communication language is not clear and making sense enough for the student to understand how the teacher wants it to be summarized. In this case, this short video definitely has a link by using inappropriate grammar words that should not be use especially for a candidate like Quast to running for US Senate. He is completely not thinking carefully when he is using four simple and informal words such as “blow your balls off” as convicting phrase for the audiences to understand in a correct term persuasion. He is trying too hard to political advertising video in a perception where in conclusion might make the audience feeling
It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them. The teachers told us so, and they frowned when they looked upon us”(21). Why is Quote #2 significant?: This quote is important because it shows that in this society it is not seen as a good thing to be smart, and it is especially frowned upon to be smarter than your peers. This government worries about people being smart because that could lead them to develop their own ideas, which they don’t want because they want everyone to think the same way so that they can control the people.
When these students plagiarize others work they render themselves unable to truly understand the material. The purpose of going to school is to prepare students for life and give them the necessary knowledge they need to succeed. If you simply copy someone 's work, it eliminates the whole learning aspect because none of the work is your own doing. Along with that, you lose the potential knowledge and skills that could help you later in life. The punishment serves as a reminder of those facts and helps students come to realize that cheating hinders your education.