Paternalism: the Secret to an a+? Essay

993 WordsMay 6, 20134 Pages
In his article, “Where Paternalism Makes the Grade”, George F. Will states that there is an achievement gap that separates the whites from minorities in the success of education and it needs to be closed. As his conclusion, he wants to bring in a new type of paternalism in schools. According to Will, paternalism is defined as “the restriction of freedom for the good of the person restricted.” In his article, he persuades his readers that paternalism is the answer to the lack of education by presenting them with anecdotal evidence of a determined little boy wanting to attend school, and some statistics on teacher’s “unsatisfactory” ratings. He also includes the perspective of Ben Chavis, AIPC’s dictator, to give a personal point of view. Will’s persuasion of the essay overall is unconvincing due to the lack of information stated about the opposing view so therefore his ridicule is unfair. Will starts off painting a scene by having the reader picture anecdotal evidence about the 13 year-old Indian boy being tutored. He tells his readers about how dedicated the child is and giving the idea that he’s trying hard to get a high education, “Ben Chavis (…) told the boy that although he was doing well at school, he was not up to the rigors of AIPCS. (…) So the boy asked, what must I do?” Though Will presents an anecdotal scene of what will most-likely happen, it’s not valid because this child’s determination of education does not represent all students who attend AIPCS. He gives the first premise that this student has determination and wishes to do what it takes to achieve his goal. This leads the reader to get the impression of the second premise which is that all students attending are the same as this child, which is invalid because Will does not provide evidence of this within his article. Will doesn’t provide evidence of the graduation percent at AIPCS, for example,

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