Rhetorical Analysis Of Stop The Madness By Diane Ravitch

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In Diane Ravitch’s “Stop the Madness” she questions the accountability of teachers and the school system through the NCLB policy for what students actually know. Ravitch was once in favor of NCLB, being a former Assistant Secretary of Education, until she realized that through this program, teachers and students were losing thevalue of education. Ravitch shifts from telling about the problem to a potential solution using rhetorical questions, organization, and anaphora, to analyze how rest scores are being used don't define what students actually know nor do they determine the effectiveness of teachers and schools. The first strategy that Ravitch uses to convey meaning are rhetorical questions. In the 16th paragraph, starting with the fourth sentence, she asks multiple questions in a row. Questions such as “What do we hope for when we send our children to school?” and “”what is a well-educated person?” Ravitch asks the reader these questions to encourage them to think about what they expect out of education systems. She states, in the same paragraph, that “We must…show more content…
Her essay is organized into sections regarding different aspects of the education system. In each section, Ravitch gives her opinion on the issue at hand. Through this style of organization, she shifts focus from problem to solution. She begins with the problem at hand in the first section titled “On ‘No Child Left Behind’”. She tells how NCLB is not effective for educating our children. Then, in the section “On Her Favorite Teacher” she gives a specific example of how noneffective today’s education system is by telling about her favorite teacher. Ravitch tells how this teacher was “great” back when she had her, but that she would not be considered great if she were judged by today’s system. To shift to a solution, Ravitch makes suggestions to improve today’s school system in the last section given the appropriate title “On How to Improve Our

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