Rhetorical Analysis Of Online Learning The Ruin Of Education

698 Words3 Pages
“Online Learning: The Ruin of Education” was written on March 22, 2012 by Alexander Spring a sophomore student at Tufts University at the time. He wrote the article for the Huffington Post Teen. Spring is a cognitive and brain science major with a minor in economics. He also is a pre-med student, and writes for the Tufts Daily and Huffington Post rather regularly. Spring’s target audience for this article was anyone that would read it, but mostly geared toward young adults and people interested in education. He was writing about why he felt online learning or online classes are going to be “the ruin of education”. He was trying to persuade and make people aware of the threat he saw with online education and how it really works along with how…show more content…
Pathos or emotion, when he is trying to get his audience to realize that with all the shortcuts that can so easily be taken with online education America will eventually become ignorant in the long run if it continues. By expressing this Spring is trying to scare people into changing their ways for the better future. For ethos or appealing to the ethics of people, he uses the example of cheating as a moral. This is a rule of society that many people break, none of which would ever willingly admit to it but everyone knows it is wrong. Spring points out how cheating is so effortless with online learning and how the temptation is always there. People may start out serious with the course nonetheless when they get use to matters or have trouble many take to cheating and think no one will know. Then there is logos or the logic, he explains factors that many know to be true. For example, the fact that online courses are a more affordable and accessible way for people to “educate” themselves when everyone is so busy. With the technology that has developed in the world and how fast things change, it is only logical that we think this along with these classes having gained
Open Document