Did you know that the United States ranks 17th in education performance? That is a huge drop from 1980 when the United States was ranked 1st. Clearly, our education system has gone in a downward spiral and is struggling to keep up with other countries. The documentary, “Waiting for Superman” by David Guggenheim, and the article, “Idiot Nation” by Michael Moore, discuss the weaknesses in our education system. Although both authors offer compelling arguments, “Waiting for Superman” contained a better argument because of its abundance of rhetorical strategies, whereas “Idiot Nation” contained some logical fallacies.
A possible solution, and perhaps the most fundamental of all, is education. A recent national survey conducted by Professor John Villasenor at UCLA suggests that a disproportionately large number of undergraduate students do not understand the core of the First Amendment. For instance, when asked whether or not an offensive view requires an equal view to counter it, 6 in every 10 participants responded “yes.” But it does not. When asked whether it was appropriate to shout to drown out the voice of a controversial speaker, half of the participants responded “yes.” But it is not. And most shockingly, when asked whether violence is reasonable for disrupting hateful speech, 1 in every 5 participants responded “yes.” But it is not.
When talking about the effects of lower admissions rates, Stanford responds that it aids them in big ways : ¨… as the school rejected more and more comers, it received bigger and bigger donations¨. The use of parallel structure emphasizses the point that the more they cut the percent they admit the more benefits the college gets. This use of wit parallels the truth that lots of Ivy leagues are in it for the money and publicity not for the education. The use of wit throughout the piece contributes to the satire because it allows it to establish and maintain a mood of utter absurdity. Once talking about what Stanford will do with the money, the article states, ¨Begin construction on its long awaited - Center of social justice, a first ever collaboration of Renzo PIano and Santiago Calatrava … also designed the pedestrian bridge … to the student napping meadows¨.
Recently, many have begun to attack and degrade higher education in the United States. In the book How College Works, authors Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs claim, “As state support has eroded, and as more students attend college in an increasingly desperate attempt to find viable jobs, the price to students of attending an institution of higher education has gone up, especially at more selective institutions” (172). So is college even worth it? Caroline Bird’s excerpt from her book Case Against College “Where College Fails Us” is an adequately written article that agrees with those who question whether college is a good investment. Bird argues that although some students would benefit from college and succeed, many fall short, wasting
The main critique is that the affirmative action policies can cause reverse discrimination when they benefit minorities at the expense of the majority groups. For the first time the affirmative action was challenged by the US Supreme Court in the Regents Univerity of California in 1978. The university had the affirmative action program that allowed to enroll in each class sixteen “qualified” minority students out of a one hundred class. The white candidate, Allan Bakke, was rejected twice whereas his peer from the minority group was admitted despite he had lower results than Allan Bakke. He maintained that affirmative action policies violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which says that all citizens should have an equal protection of law.
An example is thinking, “I don’t deserve this job/promotion,” or “I’ll screw up my job interview and not get the job.” The utmost effective way to overcome glossophiba is practice. The term “Practice makes perfect” might not always be true, but it will make a person better. In a study conducted by Tony E. Smith and Ann Bainbridge Frymier out of 220 undergraduate students, the students who practiced their presentation, their speeches before they presented in class received a much higher grade than students who did
Contrary to the common belief, crime has been on the decline for the past three decades. Yet, news and media have been covering crime more than ever, resulting in the public belief that crime is at an all time high. The sharp drop in crime since the early 1990s has left experts curious to discover the reasons for the decrease in crime. As I compare the article Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors that Explain the Decline and Six that Do Not by Steven D. Levitt and the article Evaluating Contemporary Crime Drop(s) in America, New York City, and Many Other Places by Eric P. Baumer and Kevin T. Wolff, I will briefly describe the articles, compare their agreements and disagreements, as well as discuss my personal preferences.
However, she fails to examine the reasons student loans can be advantageous, and this is problematic because there are several missing benefits including manageable reimbursement options, lower interest rates, as well as student friendly terms and conditions when compared to a standard loan. To begin, the author impressively outlines a logical reason as to why society should be liable for funding higher education. In her essay she
Recently, higher education in the United States has been attacked and degraded. In the book How College Works, authors Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs claim, “As state support has eroded, and as more students attend college in an increasingly desperate attempt to find viable jobs, the price to students of attending an institution of higher education has gone up, especially at more selective institutions” (172). These claims against higher education have caused several people to question if college is even worth going through and paying for. Caroline Bird’s excerpt from her book Case Against College “Where College Fails Us” is an adequately written article that agrees with those who question whether or not college is a good investment.
Classical Social Theory First Writing Assignment Pinker’s book Better Angels of Our Nature, describes how humans as a whole has become less violent throughout the centuries. He has found out that homicide rates in England had decreased from around 100 per 100,000 people to just 1 (Pinker, p.60), and the IQ of students have been increasing over the years (Singer). His theory of decreasing violence could be explained through British philosophers Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, Herbert Spencer, and also challenged by French sociologist Emile Durkheim. Hobbes claims that humans are violent power seekers which he calls “a war of every man against every man”, but fear a “violent death” (Hobbes Leviathan p.xix); which explains the high homicide rates in