Taking a role of awareness, the speech gives advice to the people, and makes people think of what they have always thought of some situations. Throughout the speech, Wallace includes quotes to make a more motivational and demanding speech. Wallace covers subjects including, “the difficulty of empathy”. As well, it suggests that having a higher education, is to be able to perceive others, having a meaning, and act the way you should in everyday life. He talks about the “true” freedom, that is acquired through education.
The reader can now trust that Gatto has the necessary requirements to give an honest opinion that modern day schooling is for creating consumers and controllable citizens of society. He proves this to the reader through his experiences as a teacher and through the students he has taught. He also refers to other authors on the subject, such as James Bryant Conant and Alexander Inglis who breakdown the purpose of modern day schooling, which provides reliable sources to the reader. Gatto early on establishes his character, gives reliable sources to prove credibility, and attempts to convince the reader that he is speaking the truth through his tone on the subject. In establishing these things he can then go into other rhetorical strategies to pull the reader
Essayist and Novelist David Foster Wallace, in his speech, “This is Water,” defends the true purpose of a liberal arts education, and emphasizes the necessity of thinking the right way in life. Wallace attempts to create a humble, personal tone through the use of informal diction, ethical appeals, and personal encounters in order to connect with his audience and shift them to see that they are not alone in this struggle, and they must prevail in order to truly be “living.” Wallace’s argument is successful due to the implementations of this tone, ethical appeals, and repetition of purposeful phrases. Wallace’s informal or low diction is shown through the use of words such as, “finger wagging,” “bullshit,” and, “god-damn people.” The effect of these words is the creation of a laid back, personable tone that ensures the audience does not feel like Wallace is “preaching” to them or giving them “moral advice.” He emphasizes that he, infact, struggles with centering his own world around himself and not being considerate of the situations of the people around him through his statements such as, “if you're like me, some days you won't be able to do it, or you just flat out won't want to.” This expresses Wallace’s attempt to, once again, ensure his audience feels comfortable and not like he is “preaching to them.” This is an example of Wallace’s many ethical appeals in an attempt to validate his argument by creating comfortableness and relatableness.
A higher education pushes individuals to think, question and explore new and valuable ideas. An excellent education teaches students how to credibly think and prioritise when learning. David Wallace, who gave the Kenyon commencement speech, quoted, “[Learning how to think] means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience”. In his speech, Wallace is endorsing the idea that a higher education doesn't just throw knowledge at students, but it teaches them how to selectively compose their thoughts and construct a meaning from knowledge. Wallace also makes the point that individuals need to learn to adjust their “natural default setting” to become less self-centered.
First let me define what I think a liberally educated person is. In theory, a liberally educated person is someone who has received a well-rounded education, but I consider it to be more defined than that. I believe a liberally educated person is simply someone who is constantly using their skills to improve themselves and their communities. In order to do this, you need to have some sort of education. When you want to become a better writer, you study great writers, when you want to become a better artist, you study great artist, and so if you want to become a better person, a liberally educated person, you study great heroes, superheroes.
Liberal Arts Self-Assessment There are many benefits to achieving a Liberal Arts education. A Liberal Arts education provides the learner with a broad range of information to help guide them in a direction that create intellectual growth. Liberal Arts cover a wide range of subjects and creates a solid foundation for many other areas of study. A Liberal Arts education teaches you how to think, learn, see things as a whole, makes you a better communicator, and problem solver. A Liberal Arts education is the most important factor in creating critically thinking, well rounded interesting individuals.
I think Daniel Coyle did a good job making it so the readers would remember what they read. "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it" (Laurence J. Peter). This quote relates to the talent code in many ways. One reason I think this quote relates to the book is because at the beginning of the book you 're informed
The power of education is a main theme within A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass 's experiences lead him to recognize its great power and to believe that education is a key in our life. It has the power to open all doors while providing us with several opportunities. Education makes the difference; it expands the human mind since the more we know the more enlightened we are. It makes us free and it avoid us to be enslaved, too.
Analytical writing is an interesting topic in English because it gives a wider and deeper perspective, piece by piece, of the situation. In addition, by writing analytically and having a better understanding, it is easier to argue one’s opinion. One of the benefits of taking this class would be that it connects more to the business area, which I hope to pursue, to advance my skills in writing critically and to be argumentative in business situations. Other benefits of being in English 1102 are having classmates that have the same type of enthusiasm as I do. I’ve realized after interacting with self-motivated people, I can comprehend more information and maintain good work
In that way, I relate to C.H. Knoblauch’s article “Literacy and the Politics of Education.” One of the sections in this reading was about personal growth and called the “Liberal argument.” I definitely believe I have a lot more room to focus on and learn more about literacy. In papers, I need to work on my wording of things and getting better at sounding professional. Not only am I growing but I also consider myself to still be learning the basics of literacy. Knoblauch calls that the “Functionalist argument.” Each argument refers to different learning targets and how people learn.