Analysis Of The Article ' Blue Collar Boomers ' Essays

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The article “Blue-Collar Boomers Take Work Ethic to College” by Libby Sander, discusses the phenomenon of older Americans starting or returning to college later in life rather than “Fresh out of high school”. There was an increase in unemployment caused by the recent economic depression. Struggling to find new jobs, the baby boomers, who never attended college or haven’t in years, often return to community colleges in seek of a new career (Sander 782). The author’s purpose is to persuade colleges to become more flexible and open minded so the baby boomers returning to school can finish college efficiently. In this article, Sander uses a combination of logos, ethos, pathos, and kairos to make an effective argument for the audience of students and administrators in colleges.
Straightaway, I found examples of ethos in the foreword. The readers learn that the author is a staff reporter for the “Chronicle of Higher Education”, which is a newspaper that covers all aspects of postsecondary education (782). This gives Sander credibility because she has experience with and knowledge on the subject of postsecondary education. Postsecondary education is any education received after high school, which includes technical skills that are needed to perform tasks of a particular job. Therefore, this type of education applies to baby-boomers who return to community colleges to find a new job or to learn a new skill to keep a current job. Sander refers to credible sources throughout the…

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