Essay on Children Need to Play, Not Compete - Critique

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“Children Need to Play, Not Compete”, by Jessica Statsky: A Critique What makes Jessika Statsky’s “Children Need to Play, Not Compete” an effective piece in the arguments on whether the competitive sports may harm children both physically and psychologically, is her use of clear thesis statement and a full forecast of the reasons she offers to justify her position. Statsky carefully picks her key terms, such as by sports, for example, she means to describe both contact and non-contact sports that emphasize competition. Also she clearly defines to her audience that she is mainly concerned about children of age six to twelve years old.

In her article, Statsky shows clear logic supporting her thesis statement through use of believable
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Statsky almost entirely relies on authorities to support her argument, thus she did a great job on introducing them to the reader by providing their background information. In paragraph 3, she introduces Thomas Tutko as “a psychology professor at San Jose State University and coauthor of the book Winning Is Everything and Other American Myths.” Another example can be seen in paragraph 5, when she announces Martin Rablovsky is “a former sports editor for the New York Times,” additionally she notes his many years experience of watching young children play organized sports. Finally, Statsky quotes two Web sites – the official Little League site and a message board.

In addition, Statsky picks a great tactic to make a strong emotional appeal to the reader through a wide use of examples and anecdotes. To make the anecdote believable and appropriate it has to be familiar and representative to the reader. For anecdotes to be believable, they should be specific and true to life. Statsky fully fulfills these requirements in examples and anecdotes she uses to support her argument. For example, in paragraph 4 she successfully brings the anecdote from Tosche’s investigative report on Peewee Football, strategically blending the quotation by the mother of an eight-year-old player who says that the children become frightened and pretend to be injured in order to stay out of the game. In the anecdote, a

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