A Review of Margaret Wente's "Inside the Entitlement Generation"

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Assignment 2: A Critical Response Essay A Review of Margaret Wente’s: “Inside the entitlement generation” Margaret Wente’s Globe and Mail article on the existence and characteristics of the entitlement generation in Canada is both opinionated and thought provoking. The author strongly supports that the entitlement mindset is quite prevalent in Canada’s universities, has been nurtured by its preceding generation and has led to students’ unrealistic work expectations. Although Wente effectively communicates her opinions regarding the entitlement generation, her arguments are compromised by poor use of appeal to authority and a polarized approach to the topic. Those who have stepped onto one of Canada’s many university campuses may…show more content…
The author uses Dr. Coates’ apparent expertise on the entitlement generation to support her arguments. She reassures her reader that Dr. Coates is an expert on the entitlement generation by indicating that his book, Campus Confidential is “a guide to the mindset of the entitlement generation” (par. 3). Wente presents Dr. Coates’ opinions as if they were her own, demonstrating her concurrence. Her agreement can be seen in her support of Dr. Coates’ statement that “[students] bring assignments in late and think that [professors] will mark them without penalty” (par. 4). Wente claims that this attitude is predictable because “that’s the way it’s been all their lives” (par. 5). Wente’s editorial is riddled with this type of accord, which may be criticized by the reader. The author only introduces the audience to Dr. Coates who is assumed to be the expert-on-the-topic and lacks an indication that there is adequate agreement among other experts. Additionally, there is no mention of the opinions held by Dr. Coates’ students regarding his credibility and competence in his role as a professor. It is possible that his opinion of the students he has encountered during his career has been shaped by their attitude towards his teaching ability, popularity or subject of expertise. Finally, Wente adopts a polarized approach to the topic by implying that students are either a part of the entitlement generation or the top 15 to

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