In the article “American Jerks,” author Todd Schwartz wants readers to believe that the society we live in is not yet civilized. People are afraid to speak to one another because they don’t want to hurt each other’s feelings. We summed up terms and names to suit everyone 's needs and convictions and called it politically right. I truly agree with the points Schwartz made because the increase of technology has caused the American people to forget how to communicate and everyone is egotistical. To begin with, the expansion of innovation has brought about the American individuals to overlook how to impart.
“Why Everyone Shouldn 't go to College” by Valerie Strauss in 2012 in The Washington Post is a reprint of Larry Cuban’s blogpost which states his opinion on college. Cuban expresses heresy to the popular idea that college is an important, practically necessary step in life. The author supports his claim by pointing out several facts that counter the accepted idea of what college is. Cuban’s purpose is to persuade his audience to see the flaws in the current education system in order for there to be a reform in the education system. Cuban writes in a very factual tone, making claims of fact and policy, as he writes for potential college students and their parents.
Nemko, Marty. "America 's Most Overrated Product: Higher Education". The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2008, Web.Feb.28, 2017 Marty Nemko 's main argument in his article "America 's Most Overrated Product: Higher Education" is that college education is not necessarily needed in order to achieve a greater success in the future. He in fact argues that college education just creates a bigger debt that will be very hard to pay in the future for students. Nemko includes a vast number of statistics in order to help support his main argument; he appeals to the reader ' logos.
According to Diane Ravitch’s argument in her essay “Critical Thinking? You Need Knowledge,” originally published in the Boston Globe on September 15, 2009, the new educational tendency of “American K12 education,” as known as “21st century skill” is condemned because it targets more on free learning skills than on learning of subjects in order to aim with the emulating of global market. She explains that knowledge-free education cannot work well if students are not interested in leaning of subject. She stays that students are able to have a deep knowledge by learning the concepts in the history, literature and art, instead of the free-learning without general background. She also argues the educational system cannot expect students to have
In this essay, “Course Corrections”, Frank argument is overshadowed by his overuse of pathos with barley any logos used and his ethos mostly containing politicians rather than those with a humanities background. Frank’s Claim is simple to grasp and is found in the first paragraph. He discusses how college-level humanities are fading away and that it should be defended from the “bulldozers advancing from two different directions” (Frank 740). He then gives evidence to support his claim throughout his essay like how many political figures are pushing college students towards more scientific and engineering degrees, leaving degrees in literature and humanities on the side of
Ratifying legislation such as the ELA conveys to the public that there is a supreme form of speech among the 350 languages spoken in the United States. As a result, it is simply not possible to assert one language as dominant and ‘better for communication’ without inherently demeaning all the others, as the English-only movement attempts to do. This deprecation of different languages pressures immigrants and citizens to assimilate by learning English and reject their mother tongue. As many Americans disregard their foreign roots in order to better fit in society, the nation grows further from the diverse democracy it was intended to be, which is anything but unifying. The arguments in favor of the English-Only movement present some truths that I will concede to.
The book The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson, shows the reader the fault of European history and culture study that lack the acknowledgement of African American history. The educational system misinforms African American students, as well as society neglect to prepare African American to be successful in a system they live in. In the book Woodson states “the so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples” (Woodson,1933, p.3). Woodson's statement means the education system benefits other races except African American, based on that it benefits mainly whites because they were slave owner and view their race as superior. Woodson includes
In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” Vonnegut criticizes egalitarianism through the usage of symbolism and Irony , ultimately demonstrating how the government's ability to limit an individual's potential is harmful to society. Firstly, in this story, symbolism is used to reveal the effects of individuals being restricted in this society. One of the characters in this story, George is extremely smart and sensitive but unfortunately been crippled by the government's handicapping program. When George makes intelligent remarks or thinks analytically about situations “every twenty seconds or so, [a] transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains (Vonnegut 33). George’s brain handicap symbolizes a legitimate restriction that the government has placed on his body.
Literacy in America is like a bowl of different size buttons, if you pick one at random you never know what you will pick up. America is suppose to be a free form country that allows an individual or a community to broadcast their own language without judgment, this is not always the case. Amy Tran author of “mother tongue” suggests that English speaking individuals see foreigners language as “broken” just because they don 't speak fluently. Richard Rodriguez author of “Aria: a Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” suggest that being restricted from his native language discouraged him from entertaining the idea that he also could become fluent in “English”. Both of these “essays” are stressing the fact that foreign literacy is judged by fluency.
Recently, racism and racial discrimination have become a problem of the individual. In Katie Pavlich 's article “America is not racist”, she states: “Is their racism sanctioned by the government and celebrated by fellow citizens? Absolutely not....the individuals who have not corrected their racist views are an innumerable minority roundly and strongly condemned by the rest of society.” She argues that racism is a problem of a few individuals that have stereotypical beliefs of races. Similarly, in “America Has a Big Race Problem”, Nesbit summarizes a study conducted at the University of Chicago: “many Americans still do, in fact, harbor beliefs about racial and ethnic minorities” (Nesbit). This study confirms that racism is now of the individual, as not all Americans harbor these beliefs.
He asks the looming question "how long can America remain" and his opinion on the matter clearly lies under the surface. The atmosphere clearly relates to the main idea; the nerd group is a huge influence in our society, and we need to show appreciation to them. The author also clearly believes that the "US elementary schools and high schools" are the problem as compared to school in other countries. The atmosphere he set creates the mindset that the U.S. is the only country with this problem and that nerds are only severely mistreated here. He also uses instances in school, not just the social environment, to prove that nerds are always looked down on.
Strachan appeals to ethos in his article by including the opinion of a political figure. President Obama Expressed some frustration with the way universities treat student-athletes -- suggesting that universities guarantee four-year athletic scholarships for students in good standing -- but said paying athletes would lead to “bidding wars” that would “ruin the sense of college sports."
Leonid Fridman’s passage “America Needs Its Nerds” examines how intelligent people are disgraced for being interested in academics. Fridman argues that “nerds and geeks must stop being ashamed of who they are” through effective comparisons and a repetition of ideas to inform the citizens of America about the importance of smart minds. Furthermore, Fridman reiterates the concept of nerds being viewed differently compared to others in the first half of the passage. The author implied that society favored people who focused less on academic activities and more on being social or active. This led to intelligent people in varying age groups becoming outcasts, and they began to hide or even lose their interest in academics.
“America’s university system is creating a class-riven nation. There has to be a better way,” starts Murray (235). Are Too Many People Going To College is a piece written highlighting alternatives to traditional education, as well as the repercussions we are facing as a society as a result of the strict guidelines of traditional education; a point that is spotlighted throughout the piece is the subject of Liberal Education and the core knowledge that we as a people should maintain, as well as the flaws of college as an establishment. Though the title and points made in the writings of Murray may lead one to believe he is standing against the college establishment, it is clearly stated from paragraph one that he believes more people should be
Jason L. Riley is an American journalist, who works as a member of the editorial board of the The Wall Street Journal editorial board. Some of this work includes “Mistrusting Obama on ISIS—and Refugees”, “Liberals Don’t Want a Discussion About Race”, “The False Income-Inequality Narrative”, and a lot more articles. In “The Mythical Connection Between Immigrants and Crime”, Riley discusses how it is not true that immigrant are not criminals. He argues that” that immigrants—regardless of nationality or legal status—are less likely than the native population to commit violent crimes or to be incarcerated”. I will use this article to argue against the claims that some people make against undocumented immigrants, on how every undocumented immigrant