Non-Fiction Subjectivity Essay

586 Words3 Pages
Non-Fiction Subjectivity Essay The article, “What I Learned at School”, was published in The New York Times newspaper in March of 2011. Written by Marie Myung-Ok Lee who is an Op-Ed contributor for The New York Times (2011). The topic and argument of Myung-Ok Lee’s article is centered on how to measure the value of teachers. The nationwide budgets cuts and controversy over the costs of public education in America effect teachers on a value vs. pay basis. Myung-Ok Lee’s opinion is expressed as a prior public school student, as an author, and as a writing teacher at Brown University (2011). Myung-Ok Lee’s reminisces her experience as a shy Asian student in high school in northern Minnesota around thirty years ago. Myung-Ok Lee benevolently recalls her American Literature teacher who deviated from her typical lesson plan to give Myung-Ok Lee a special assignment, separate from what the other students were receiving. That assignment gave Myung-Ok Lee the confidence and encouragement to continue writing. It’s apparent in Myung-Ok Lee’s article of her subjectivity towards the topic as she writes, “If we want to understand how much teachers are worth, we should remember how much we were formed by our own schooldays.”(2011). Myung-Ok Lee’s subjectivity has affected her perspective and attitude, which is expressed by her personal experience and the tone of her article. She appears frustrated about the controversy of basing teachers value and pay on just test scores and statistics. As a teacher there might be times when my own subjectivity on a topic could conflict with what I am expected to teach. Near the end of fifth grade my local elementary school teaches sex education to the students. This class includes in depth discussions about sex contraceptives for men and women. I do not believe in sex before marriage, I understand that it is

More about Non-Fiction Subjectivity Essay

Open Document