Nowadays students regard universities and colleges as institutions that exist to provide them with a learning opportunity and a qualification instead of providing them with instruction. Benlow compares student culture to the current consumerist culture and continues on to say that some students enter universities believing that the fast-food principles of convenience, on demand, and instant response can be generalized to education. From Petra Pepellashi’s “What is Education,” it is in fact the educators that define expectations to which students blindly attempt to adhere to. She wrote “that authority tells us the purpose of education is to succeed as a worker, and we accept the idea” (539) and furthermore adds that “although some may focus upon the aspect of fulfillment of expectations, the most critical factor remains that adherence was to the expectations of authority as of what “is”” (539). Today’s university students are draw1n from a highly diverse set of backgrounds. Often students’ expectations are based on exaggerated perceptions of what their parents
Staples argues, “Departments shower students with A’s to fill poorly attended courses that might otherwise be canceled.” By arguing this way, Staples suggests the only option professors have in order to not have class cancelations is inflation of grades. This argument ignores the possibility of classes being very specific for one major and good grades being a result of students who are invested in the class and the major that requires the class. General education classes are going to have high a number of students because they are required for all students; however, very specific classes, such as sculpting which is a requirement for art majors, are going to have a lower number of students because only some students need the class. Staples also ignores the possibility that good grades are a result of students who are dedicated to those very specific classes for their major. The either-or argument Staples makes is the opposite of effective because he chose to ignore real possibilities that do not help his
Thanks to a partnership with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS), more than 100 SHA students from Aki Kurose and Asa Mercer International middle schools either had perfect or improved attendance during the month of March.
College tuition, something that everyone worries about and works tirelessly to save their entire lives for. What would happen if college tuition disappeared and college was suddenly free? In this rhetorical analysis, I will be analyzing two different articles on if college should be free. While both of these articles use logos and politics to prove their statements and force their arguments to be stronger, the first argument explains that college should be free for everyone and the other disagrees and discusses why college tuition should stay as is. It also gives more strength and credibility to the author’s and articles.
Charles Murray’s essay proposes that American colleges are being flooded with individuals who are either unprepared for higher education or who are simply forced into attending college and can’t succeed because of the lack of certain innate abilities. Murray’s essay goes on to take issue with the idea that the pursuit of a traditional college education is somehow strategically creating a separation of the American class system. While Murray makes many salient points with regards to America’s obsession with college education as a standard into a class of the intellectual elite, the essay fails to take into consideration the various motivators that can lead to student success, despite
A major problem for today’s high school graduates is the rising price in college education. Attending college can add up really fast; it can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars per year (Barkan 1). No wonder, in Steven Barkan’s book of social problems, issues and problems in higher education take up a full chapter. In this chapter, Barkan states that only 44% of all students who attend a four-year institution is lucky enough to have annual tuitions and fees amount to less than $9,000 per year. The aggravating question is, “why does college cost so much?” Not only is tuition part of the cost of college but also fees housing and meals, books, school supplies, and accessories (“What’s the Price Tag” 1). All tuition covers is the money for academic instruction. Fees are charges for specific services such as, internet access, and then the cost of books and school supplies add up. Additionally, one is not paying just for textbooks but also
In the article, “College is a Waste of Time and Money”, Caroline Bird explains why higher education is not always the right choice for students after high school. The author believes that students do not come to the decision to attend college on their own but they are expected to and pressured by parents, advisors, and society. In the beginning of the article the author argues that colleges use techniques to sell themselves just like any other product on the market. They advertise what they have to offer and tell students what they want to hear. She also feels that campuses, stemming from the riots in the 1960’s, have started to
Also, the quote proves that homework causes disinterest because student slaves away, memorizing worthless facts rather than learning about life and because of those facts can be hard to learn the student doesn't want to try any more. Both sides prove their point, but honestly, what is the better option, having homework and disinterested students who may have a higher achievement or no homework and interested students who may have lower achievement, but in the end because the students are disinterested, they don't want to engage homework, resulting in low achievement while interested students have fun in school and can easily end up having higher achievement than disinterested students. Because of both quotes, homework can become something positive, but it comes with a heavy negative effect, a once eager to learn student that now does not want to learn or teacher can remove homework and teach eager
In so that “Nobody Has to Go to School If They Don’t Want To”, Roger Sipher argues that if compulsory attendance rules were abolished students who actually wanted to learn in school would receive the education they deserve. In the beginning, Sipher points out that “the decline in standardized test scores is an indicator that American education in in trouble.” He states one reason for the crisis is that “the mandatory attendance laws force many kids to attend school that don’t even wish to be there.” These students have no desire to learn; therefore, they do not get an education and they distract the students who want to learn from doing so. In his view, without compulsory attendance laws public schools would be able to eliminate the students whose behavior is negatively affecting the mission of the educational institute. In addition, Sipher notes that since students know they are going to be passed from grade to grade until they are old enough to drop out, or graduate; they fail to do their homework and receiving low grades does not motivate them to want to learn. In his opinion, there certainly would be a lot of positive changes to the education system by abolishing the attendance laws. In the end, Sipher says that schools should be for education and right now, they
College, when it works most reliably, is a complex system of designed norms and nudges that make activities such as going to class, studying, writing papers, and interacting with peers a natural, almost automatic part of each day. Students spend most of their time on or near campus, where those around them have similar goals or are supporting them in their goals. Their diversions from classwork—whether
According to Zombrowski, stop giving assignments would help improving student’s attendance is wrong because it is based on the over-simplification. Zombrowski makes this claim: teachers should stop giving small assignment in class designed to “encourage students to attend” commits the over-simplification fallacy because it does not follow that handing out assignments causes all students to be present at class (1). To repeat, there are various reasons why students attend classes such as interesting course contents or catching up with friends. Moreover, assignments allow students to practice and review what they have learned in class. Just because giving assignments in class may affect some of students not to do what they want, it does not mean
Biology teaches that any given stimulus will elicit some sort of response. Similarly, Isaac Newton taught us that one force provokes another, in direct opposition to it. Although various life experience may “elicit” a response, our emotions tend to gravitate towards the laws of physics rather than biology. It may seem counterintuitive, but the pressure of provocation is arguably the best method of impelling us to act. Adversity, after all, stimulates, coerces, and sharpens people in ways that prosperity simply cannot. Indeed, it allows us to test the boundaries of our assumptions, to expand our knowledge of diverging opinions, but ultimately, to help us determine where our truth lies. Similarly, in her belligerent manifesto entitled, “The Unconstitutional 40 Year War on Students,” Maureen ‘Moe’ Tkacik deliberately infuriates her audience—25 to 35 year old college graduates frustrated with their mounting student debt—through her sarcastically crafted narrative of an elitist opposition in order to incite revolutionary fervor; Tkacik does not simply request a response—she demands one.
For this project, I decided to make a poster which addresses the social norm in our culture regarding attendance at school. To express this idea and campaign kids going to school I created a slogan, “Got to school, or you'll be considered a fool.” This is the main idea of the poster and represents the consequences of not going to school. The poster also uses illustrations to appeal to the audience of whom this social norm applies to. For the illustration, I used pictures to represent a clear cause and effect relationship. There are two picture sets that show the consequences of not going to school. For one picture set I portrayed the positive consequences of going to school represented by a graduate student with a diploma
In high school, students would not come to school after they got the final grade from their teachers. I remember that my English teacher made a joke to my class when I was a high school students, she said that “you guys must come to school tomorrow”. And then, my classmates try to argue with her because we already got the final grade, so we do not need to come to class. After that, my teacher smiled and said “you guys must come to school tomorrow”. Finally, we understand her meaning.
The issue these growing number of students face is not from the requirement itself but from the way in which it is enacted. Students are frustrated with the inconvenience of the