Rhetorical Analysis Of Lost In America By Douglas Mcgray

In his article “Lost in America,” Douglas McGray highlights the issues of isolationism in the American educational system and lack of focus of the American educational system on the learning of foreign cultures in order to prove that the American educational system needs improvement. The article was issued by Foreign Policy magazine in 2006 in which involves a broader audience. However, McGray’s target audience is people that can make changes in the educational curriculum, which signifies that his intended audience includes American legislators involved in American curriculum policies. McGray, who is co-creator and editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Magazine, claims that Americans are neglecting a valuable resource that is essential for the future generations’ …show more content…
McGray inspires his audience to take action, stating, “The United States can no longer afford an isolationist education, any more than the world can afford an isolationist American Public” (McGray 359). Through this quote, McGray alerts American legislators that a curriculum that lacks multiculturalism will make the country fall behind other nations and subsequently compromise the future of the United States of America. McGray triggers American legislators’ emotions, pushing them to think carefully about the enhancement of the American education curriculum to a one that incorporates the foreign language, world’s history, geography and cultural diversity. It perfectly addresses American legislators since the curriculum they expect to be perfect on teaching students the most significant subjects and to be appropriate to the globalized world we live might have become a threat to America’s society future. Consequently, it provides to American legislators the massive responsibility they have. McGray purposely uses this rhetorical choice to encourage his audience to be ambitious and rethink about the type of future Americans may have if they do not embrace world’s knowledge. In addition to that, this rhetorical choice was intentionally positioned at the end of the article to convince …show more content…
In addition to that, the author delightedly persuades his audience through the use of hyperbole making a deep comparison between American education and other nations. McGray is also victorious in motivating American legislators to take action to implement multicultural studies in the America educational curriculum through the use of a call to action as one of his rhetorical choices. In my opinion, McGray’s solid arguments and efficient use of rhetorical choices are triumphantly persuasive to induce his target audience of American legislators to change the existing situation of the American educational curriculum to a one that incorporates history, language, geography and ethnicity of cultures all over the world. Furthermore, according to my understanding, through “Lost in America” McGray reinforces not only to American legislators but also to society in general, the value of a eligible education and strengthen to students their significant position on the America’s future.

Works Cited
McGray, Douglas. “Lost in America.” First-Year Writing: Writing in the Disciplines. 9th Ed. Texas Tech University. New York: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2015. 351-359.

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