Analysis Of The Article ' Blue Collar Boomers ' Essay

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Rhetorical Analysis (Rough Draft)
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 economic depression during this time. 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 education. The author’s purpose is to persuade colleges to become more flexible and open minded so the baby boomers returning to school can efficiently finish college. Sander uses a combination of logos, ethos, pathos, and Kairos to make a strong argument and persuade her readers.
Straightaway, I found examples of ethos beginning with 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. This makes Sander credible and trustworthy 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 someone needs to perform tasks of a particular job. Therefore, this type of education applies to older adults 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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