Rhetorical Analysis – Other Voices, Other Rooms Essay

1051 Words Mar 25th, 2015 5 Pages
In this essay, “Other Voices, Other Rooms”, Professor Gerald Graff offers that education at a university could be exciting and rewarding for students. However, it applies to those who have developed the skills at summarizing, weighing arguments and synthesizing conflicting points. Unfortunately, not all students possess these skills and as they start getting confused they will care more about appeasing the professor in order to obtain good grades. In return, they will give their professors whatever they want even though it seems contradictory to their beliefs (339). Graff believes that not all college students possess the skills necessary to be successful and that professors are only making the issue worse by teaching in a vacuum. …show more content…
Unfortunately, Graff does not offer supporting studies or evidences that validate his claims. This portion of the essay was dry and difficult to understand; it seems that he loses the earlier gains he had in supporting his argument. Lastly, Graff successfully uses a very relatable analogy that sums up his essay, which the majority of this audience can either relate to or conceptualize. Graff compares students trying to learn a series of unrelated courses to someone attempting to learn to play baseball but only by being shown portions of the game in different rooms. In each room, he says, you are only given the opportunity to see a component of a baseball game: pitchers going through the windups, hitters swinging their bats, the infielders, the outfielders, the umpires, and so on. He goes on to explain that since the students view the concept of baseball in such a manner, one will never be able to achieve an accurate understanding of the game and how it is actually played (343). His argument being that students are not getting to see the whole picture and student are only being taught what individual professors want them to learn. The student’s behavior is being accentuated by the lack of communication within the classes at the universities; he implies that students would immensely benefit from cross-communications with classes that are related. Additionally, with the absence of

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