Analysis Of A Lopsided School-To Nowhere '

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Have you thought of homework as being insignificant, unnecessary, or a waste of time? Beginning in the early years of life as a child and progressing into young adulthood, you’re integrated into an educated system; whether school is public or private, the cumulative amount of time spent from completing schoolwork would be immeasurable. A short biography that was posted onto the Huffington Post website states, “Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, author, and passionate advocate for children and families.”(Huffington Post) Although the biography doesn’t mention her education history, Abeles created her own documentary titled, “Race to Nowhere” which was about redefining success for children. The article, “A Lopsided School-To-Life Ratio Is Not Readying …show more content…
As the textbook, “Good Reasons With Contemporary Arguments” states, “. . .[the] three primary tactics of argument [are]: appeals to the emotions . . .(pathos), appeals based on the trustworthiness of the speaker (ethos), and appeals to reason (logos).” (Lester and Selzer) Along with analyzing the article, the intended audience should be addressed. Since the article was posted in the Los Angeles Times and the vocabulary wasn’t too arduous to comprehend, therefore, Vicki Abeles was implicitly targeting adults. Another reason for this intention was because the context in the article was introduced from the perspective of a parent, rather than a student. The last way this article will be analyzed is with the Toulmin model; where the author will be analyzed in her claim, qualifiers used, any evidence for support, warrants that were backed or not, and a rebuttal to the …show more content…
. . in my travels as a writer and filmmaker to schools across the country.” (Abeles). By stating her profession rather than assuming the audience knows her biography, Abeles gives herself some credibility (AKA ethos) for the audience so that they can continue reading the argument. During the first half of the article, Abeles communicates about the evidence for her side of the argument through a story about her daughter’s homework. The story explains about Abeles daughter needing to complete a science project while staying up past a reasonable time to fall asleep. This style of rhetoric gives the audience a visual representation of how the author wants to appeal to the audience’s emotions.
Pathos are implemented greatly in this article so as to persuade the reader to agree with her claim of removing homework from children’s lives. In Abeles’ introductive story, her thirteen year old daughter is needing to stay up until 3 a.m. as to finish a science project on cell biology. By mentioning both the age of her daughter and the time that she needed to properly complete her schoolwork, the intended audience (adults) may feel sympathetic and quite possibly astounded about the situation. This article is then left with seldom appeals to

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