Rhetorical Analysis Of The Educated America

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Shayla Priest Professor Hren 12/11/10 Un-Educated America Imagine today is your child’s first day at a college. He or She has, until now, stayed in the same school district; the people, slang and expectations were very similar. Your child felt confident and comfortable until walking into their first college class. For the first time, there were obvious ethnic and cultural differences between the community he/she was raised in and this new college community. Your child feels awkward and out of place. How would you feel in your child’s place? Would you feel comfortable as the only person with your skin tone, language or culture? In all likelihood you would feel uncomfortable…show more content…
The United States census projects that by 2050 half of all Americans will be able to claim membership to at least one “minority” group. The majority of Americans would consider this proof positive that we are becoming a more culturally tolerant country: accepting of diverse backgrounds. This assumption that simply sharing blood with multiple racial groups allows Americans insight and understanding into the diverse cultures that cover our globe is a grand idea, but is proving to be incorrect. In his essay “the Educated Student,” Barber states “We (America ) are a strange place because we are one of the most multicultural nations on Earth, with people in our schools from all over the world, and yet we know less than most nations about the world form which those people come. At the same time, we are truly multicultural, we represent the globe, and yet we know little about it (224)”. Benjamin R. Barber is arguing that despite our inherent diversity, many American students have been raised with out basic knowledge of cultures out side of the U.S., where our people come from, or how we affect the world and people outside of our country. Instead of looking for examples outside of the U.S. to find understanding and insight, Americans are conditioned to assume that the American way is the “only way” to do things. Americans could learn a great deal about the world by looking for…show more content…
The demand for American citizens to be plugged into the world around them is growing at a rapid rate. The American culture is conditioning its youth to seek the easiest “A” possible with little regard to what is actually learned and retained. The education system appears to be bent creating a homogeneous student body showing little interest in the needs of the individual student. Across the country every school and every classroom is assessed and scored not by their ability to think and be active participants in the classroom, but how well they fill in testing bubbles with a perfectly sharpened number 2 pencil. American students are not being taught how to critically think about current events or history, or how they affect modern society. Instead emphasis is placed on memorizing the people, places, and dates of important events instead of why they happened and how it is relevant today. Any American school child could tell you that Columbus sailed the ocean in 1942, however that is where American education stops. Leaving students bereft of the full story of why Columbus attempted to sail around a “flat” world. Facts and dates do little to promote understanding of how world events have influenced the development of America or how it has affected countries around the world. While teaching basic math English and history is crucial to every young Americans

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