Logical Fallacy In A Speech

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Geoffrey Canada, head of the Harlem Children’s Zone, gives a speech at Ted on May, 2013. In the speech, he requires educators to innovate the education. He mentions education in these days has followed the same path as it has done for last 50 years, whereas technology has been changed. He asserts recent education doesn’t consider children and repeats same business model that has failed. And also he emphasizes the fact that failure shouldn't stop us from stepping forward. Through speech he uses pathos and ethos to criticize education. However, he weakens his argument by committing logical fallacies and hidden assumption. To begin with, since topic is serious, he uses lots of humor and satire to break tension between speaker and …show more content…
However, it creates a flaw in the logic and weakens argument. For example, beginning of the speech, He claims that “Those of us in education have held on to a business plan that we don't care how many millions of young people fail.” He affirms educators don’t care about failure of children therefore, we will lose children. In this statement, he commits ad hominem argument making a personal attack on opponent. Another logical fallacy is begging the claim which uses assumption that needs to be proven as a true fact. For instance, he claims that educators are teaching the same with the past way and our business has refused to use science without any evidence to prove …show more content…
Educated people know. And their kids have an advantage. Poor people don’t know.” he declares wealthy people know the importance of brain development and kids whose parents are wealthy have an advantage. And also he uses ad populum argument. He appeals to supposed prejudices by referring the rich know but the poor don’t and people don’t anything for the poor to arouse audiences’ sympathy. He has assumptions that wealthy people know well about education and generalizes that assumption to whole wealthy people. And he regards all school systems as totally failed and implies educators don’t want to make innovation, referring “people in our business get mad about

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