What's Wrong With Vocational School? By Robert Perry

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There are many people who believe that college isn’t for everyone and there are many people who believe that it is. Both sides usually have valid arguments, and typically, they both stick to their belief and assume that they’re right. After reading two essays, one called “What’s Wrong with Vocational School?” by Charles Murray, and another called “On ‘Real Education’” by Robert T. Perry, I came to the conclusion that they both agree on the same thing. They both believe that no, a four-year college isn’t for everyone, but people still need some sort of education after high school, whether it’s vocational school, or some type of certificate program. After realizing that they both agreed on the same thing, I had to choose which one was more persuasive …show more content…
Logos is the appeal to logic and reasoning by the audience (Modes of Persuasion). In the essay by Robert T. Perry, he used a lot of facts and statistics, which made it very persuasive. For example, Perry wrote about how a large percentage of the quickest growing job categories will require some form of postsecondary education (par. 4). He also included many other facts as to why postsecondary education is important, such as when he said that eliminating that 80-90% of students out of college, that Murray suggested should be done, would make it extremely difficult considering our nation has basically made it a requirement for most jobs to have a college degree (par. 1). There are many other facts that I could include that Perry has in his essay, he was very successful in using many appeals to logic in his essay. Murray’s essay didn’t have so many. In his essay, Charles Murray stated that if you had an IQ of 100 or lower, you basically weren’t college material and high school was already pushing you as far as you could go (par. 2). In paragraph five of his essay, Charles Murray does state some facts and says over 45% of people who recently graduated high school start to attend college and that 40% of all young adults are attempting to earn a four-year degree, but those are really the only facts that he included in his essay. Murray stated, “No data that I have been able to find tell us what proportion of those students really want four …show more content…
The fact is, although Murray may be a very smart man, so is Perry, and Perry chose to still use outside sources and it just made his essay stronger. Also, Murray’s essay possibly made more sense to people on the subject of the essay, but it still did not use the three means of persuasion as well as Perry’s

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