A Rhetorical Analysis of Anna Quindlen’s “the Wages of Teaching”

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Matthew Laubach Instructor Laura Grow English 0700.02 January 18, 2012 A Rhetorical Analysis of Anna Quindlen’s “The Wages of Teaching” Being a school teacher in today’s world is a tough line of work. People don’t understand how underpaid school teachers are for all the hard work they complete. In the article, “The Wages of Teaching,” Anna Quindlen argues that teachers are underpaid for the job they do. Quindlen’s approach in this article creates a solid argument of why teachers should get paid more. Quindlen’s first main assertion is “Teaching is the toughest job there is.” (100). To back up her assertion Quindlen uses Frank McCourt’s new memoir, Teacher Man, in which he explains to his new students that “Teaching is harder than working on docks and warehouses.” (100). Quindlen uses a strong assertion to let her readers think through how much teachers get paid and that there are no summer vacations and cushy hours, “mornings are for students who need extra help, and summers are for second and even third jobs to help pay the bills.” (100) With this assertion, Quindlen makes a strong appeal to her readers of how hard it is to be a teacher and be underpaid. Quindlen wrote, “The average new teacher today makes just under $30,000 a year, which may not look too bad for a twenty something with no mortgage and no kids.” (100) Majority of Americans went to school, passed and moved on to their jobs and didn’t realize that they wouldn’t be making the amount of money that they do if the under paid teachers hadn’t completed their job. Quindlen supports her argument with facts of how much teachers make, and how hard teachers really do have it. Quindlen uses key points to keep the readers reading the article. Quindlen’s second analogy is because she compares teachers to administrators and legislators by saying, “no school administrator should ever receive a percentage

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