You Can Do It Baby By Leslie Garrety Analysis

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Are Parents Actually Against You? The article “You Can Do It, Baby” written by Leslie Garrett portrays an idea where parents, teachers, and adults are working against children when it involves their future. The article focuses on the fact that most adults tell children that they can be whatever they want to be. The speaker is a young twelve-year-old girl. In this article, she is giving her opinion on how all children are told they can be anything they want to be, when in reality, they can’t. The author of this article makes the point that she believes it causes long-term harm on children by telling them this instead of helping them in their future. She states this causes children to consider themselves as a failure when they cannot become whatever they want. Sometimes, this can cause children to feel entitled or disappointed in life when they find out the truth. In the article, Garrett states her idea that adults should not be telling this to kids because it isn’t true. She proves this by providing research and references. There is an editorial cartoon that is not directly connected to this article, but has the same idea as Garrett. The cartoon helps strengthen her idea without having as many outside sources. These two articles use rhetoric to similar effect. In this article, Leslie Garret provides a wide range of research that all comes to the same result. The research focuses on asking the children want they want to be when they grow up. Most children’s answers are something like these: professional athlete, doctor, teacher, singer, or an artist. The likelihood of every child being able to become one of these things is very low. When asking a child this question, how many respond with a taxi or a bus driver? Or even a trash man? Not many children dream of having jobs like that when they grow up. These conclusions from multiple studies all come to an agreement that telling children they can be anything they want to be causes more long-term negative effects than positive effects. Many children in these studies are shown as “not engaged” or “dissatisfied” and even “disappointed.” If a child has such high hopes that they can be a professional athlete, they will not be happy with what they end up doing as a

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