Anyone who enjoys economics would most likely love this book as it provides the information they need. The tone throughout the book is contemplative with an academic theme. Because it is a non-fiction book, it is hard to attract young readers which is why Levitt talks about topics that are bizarre such as sumo wrestlers and the most common black names. The main issue with the book is how the chapters are incredibly long and dull. Freakonomics is focused on a younger audience, around teenagers to young adults.
Graff says street smarts offer more life skills than the education provided in school. In other words, you can be smart without being highly educated because knowledge goes beyond academics. He grew up thinking he was anti-intellectual because his writing skills were not great about the topics he’s expected to write in school. Graff describes how sports helped him excel in academics and discover his hidden intellectualism. He believes ‘’Making students’ nonacademic interests of an object study is useful, the, for getting students’ attention and overcoming their boredom and alienation, but this tactic won’t in itself necessarily move them close to an rigorous treatment of those interests.’’ (Graff 400) By allowing students express their nonacademic interests in schoolwork then students will be more interested and motivated to do well in school.
As years pass by, scientists work tirelessly to make more advanced technology to make everyone's lives more comfortable and automated. In society, this is seen as a gift, since it allows the world to work less for the things wanted, but nothing can be perfect. Sadly, technology has lowered the intelligence level of humans, not only with knowledge, but also with social intelligence. This can be found in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, where it is normal in society to not be intelligent. Throughout the book, there are multiple examples where people in the 451 world become too attached to their technology that they no longer want intelligence nor do they want to interact with other humans.
The goal of the usage of this fact is to show readers this common term does not reflect real traits of smart people and can be treated as an insult because of that. It is one of the few examples of Fridman’s appeals to readers’ logic. The essay is based on general data; the author mentioned schools and universities promote negative attitude to smart students: “Nerds are ostracized while athletes are idolized” (Fridman). But he did not use any statistical or science data to support his position. For example, Fridman could provide data about scholarships and other types of funding for sports and other activities.
In conclusion, the blog post by Larry Cuban “Why Everyone Shouldn 't go to College” does a good job to make the reader question some facts about our current education system. Overall, Cuban’s use of writing tactics excel in some areas, but fail in others. Such as, Cubans use of pathos, appealing emotion, does a good job. However, the author’s use of logic, or logos, is only moderately effective. On top of all, Cuban fails to effectively build ethos by making his work credible.
Reuven notices that Danny is very different from whom he had expected him to be. As the son of Reb Saunders, Danny shows many signs of having an intellectual passion, however he admits that studying just the Talmud is not enough and that his school life is quite boring. He feels that the teachers are too afraid of his father to challenge him, thus, he reads many books as a replacement for experiencing the challenges and excitement that he could never achieve at school. Rather than judging Danny by his appearance or position, Reuven uses this opportunity to actually listen to him, as a result, he was able to learn many things about his new friend. Prior to the novel, the same reoccurring theme of friendship seem to play an important role in
He addresses the arguments against his position then refutes them more or less. His argument about sending too many students to college proves to be somewhat effective while also being ineffective. Nemko plays on the emotions of the reader and provides alternatives improving the effectiveness of the article only to fail to provide compelling refutes while damaging his credibility through his use of logos. (Nemko 32-35). So as millions of students and parents ask whether or not college is worth the money, they can turn to Marty Nemko’s article as a source of alternate answers while keeping in mind he does have some downfalls in
Brent Staples is speaking about colleges around the country and how the standards that they hold the students to are changing. He believes that students these days are not earning grades as much as they are demanding them. Brent in his article is comparing how students from the past would take the grade that they were given because in that time the teacher was right in their decisions but now, because students pay so much for school they think they should automatically get a good grade. In his article he states, “Twenty years ago, students grumbled, then lived with the grades they were given. Today, colleges of every stature permit them to appeal low grades through deans or permanent boards of inquiry.”(Staples
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X with Alex Haley’s essay is a great story, which has a tremendous learning. It shows how a cultural background tends to label people in such a way that it can create a negative impact in their life. In many cases, individuals have an opportunity to achieve something better for their life. Malcolm X is just one of many who want to reach a better life, but found others telling him that he does not fit for such as goal or career path. How can someone make us feel that we are not intelligent when we know how smart we are?
In "A Summers's Reading" it shows how even though they know how important education is, they are still being lazy and not taking it seriously. The political themes are the same in both "Fahrenheit 451" and "A Summers Reading" because the government knows the importance of ones