Margaret A. Miller's The Privileges Of Parents

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A parent with a college education is more beneficial to a child’s learning than a parent without a college education. That is what the professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; Margaret A. Miller seems to believe. Miller was also the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Change (Margaret A. Miller). An essay she wrote, “The Privileges of Parents,” was published in the January-February 2008 issue of her magazine. Before Miller expresses her beliefs, she quotes a famous folk saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This quote engages the audience and makes them intrigued and ready to hear (or read) what Miller has to say. The essay stems from the disagreement between Paul Barton and Anthony Carnevale on the need the economy has for college-educated workers and their agreement on the benefits that flourish from an individual obtaining a college education becoming an essay about the benefits a child has when they have a college-educated parent. Those are two effective ways to get a person’s attention because everyone knows that saying, everyone in her audience …show more content…

Miller). Miller says, “We need to fill out FAFSA forms for our children (there, even a doctorate may not be enough!),” (674). FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and is used when applying for loans, grants, and scholarships. She does not provide the reader with the meaning because it would be a waste being that her readers will already know that. Miller’s tone is neutral and encouraging because she is encouraging parents to help their children fill out the FAFSA forms and the she gives an exclamatory statement telling the parents that a doctorate’s degree might not be enough to help their

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