Zero Tolerance In the article entitled “No Mercy,” Malcolm Gladwell writes on the zero tolerance policies in our schools. The essay is an argument against zero-tolerance and a return for discretionary justice. He gives different examples to identify his position such as a Cambridge University student that attempted to poison his tutor, and a football quarterback that was cut from the team for being overpaid on his job. The author’s main point is whether zero tolerance policy is appropriate when disciplining students in the school system. Gladwell’s argument draws your attention to the fact that at some point in life children will be children and make stupid mistakes.
Myah Clark Professor Collier English112.SMRT 2 21 November 2014 Essay #2 Public Schooling: Draining Students of their Freedom and Creativity In John Taylor Gatto’s “Against School”, he explains how he thinks public education cripples our kids and why. He starts his article out by making a point that both the students and teachers are suffering from boredom. The students also pointed out the fact that the teachers didn’t seem to know much more about what was being taught then the students themselves. On the other side of the spectrum the teachers are just as bored because they feel the students are rude and only interested in the grades. He then continues on to say that we shouldn’t blame the teachers or the students; in this case, we should blame ourselves.
For example, the author uses sarcasm to point out the lack of support for students when he quotes, “Our public high schools place too much focus on preparing kids for professional careers.” The author later criticizes the unorganized approach teachers take towards the discipline and teaching of students when he quotes, ‘"Educators do a lot to ensure that the most hopeless students slip through the cracks... Arbitrary rules, irregularly enforced discipline, and pointless paperwork are just the first things that come to mind. "’ 2. What rhetorical strategies does the writer use to achieve this satire? List them, and explain how each is used.
She understands that people come from different environments and everyone can learn; they just need to be motivated. Mary once blamed the poor academic skills the students have today on things like drugs and divorce for poor motivation and concentration. She describes starting the day with concentration principles buy the way she walks into her class. If her style of teaching doesn’t work then she will fail the student. Mary’s son a High School senior was in the jeopardy of flunking English.
According to the professional ethic we are the model of our students. Mr. Moore did the opposite, he ignored Joyce wend she asked a question and he said “I see there are no question. Class dismissed” with that attitude increased the cruelty, maltreatment and racism between students. The geometry teacher, Mr. Moore demonstrated his racism and poor values as a teacher by don’t let increased the integration in his class. When he heard the insults against Joyce, he only said “let’s get quiet and make the best of it” it is unacceptable heard a teacher said that.
Mid-Term Exam A high-tech heretic is a person who has been officially accused by his beliefs for technological and human development as following a false doctrine. That is what they refer to Clifford Stoll as and he is not that at all. I agree with Clifford Stoll on the idea that computers should not be used in the classroom because the students aren’t receiving and gaining the knowledge that they should be receiving. His view on the issue that computers are not good in the class room is a different one, but very true indeed. He uses several examples to explain his theory.
This idea is continued in his mother “wanting only what was best,” an anecdote symbolising ignorance and sacrifice. Peter Skrzynecki explores the idea of choosing not to belong. The persona is distancing himself from his school through distraction: "fervently counted/ the seventy-eight pages". He violently “stuck pine needles” into the motto. This use of pine needles in attacking the motto highlights violence and aggression the persona feels towards the school, which is a direct reflection of his lack of interaction with others, resulting in his feelings of insecurity and actions of defiance which in turn builds a greater barrier to belonging.
Tom is criticizing the fact that he is not allowed to smoke under Widow Douglas but she herself is. Twain is attacking a problem in our society that exists today. Twain’s thoughts on the “snuff” are irrelevant, but his thoughts on an elder disapproving of something and then doing it themselves are strong. Parents know what is right and wrong. It is their job to make sure they’re kid is under good influence.
The Wrong Self-Fulfilling Prophecy When the tall blonde woman in the essay, “Hunger” by Nilsa Mariano says, “We’re not raising rocket scientists here,” she means she doesn’t believe these children will be smart enough to succeed at such a major goal or career in life. She clearly believes this as she bases it on the children’s Hispanic-American heritage and social class. She is making a self-fulfilling prophecy as she makes her statement, whereas she should be modeling “Culturally responsive and socially responsible practice,” for students, based on the NCTE’s beliefs. In the essay, Nilsa and Jerry visit a school, in which its beliefs are that the students should focus on the arts, rather than truly succeeding in all learning grounds in the academic courses. The tall blonde woman is wrong in stating the school isn’t raising rocket scientists because she makes a dangerous assumption, leads these kids to feel uncomfortable in their learning environment, and deprives the kids from being proud of who they are and wanting to learn.