Rhetorical analysis college education cost
Comparative Rhetorical Analysis Economic inequality is more relevant than ever.
Smart kids are not able to get the education they deserve simply because of their parents income. High school students that live in a poor area don’t have quality public schools to go to, while the kids in a wealthy area have better schools. This inequality is seen in college as a huge problem because kids who are geniuses cant go to college due to them not being able to afford it. Two authors of two different articles discuss these issues, which are “Why Education Is Not an Economic Panacea” by John Marsh and “For Poor, Leap to
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College Often Ends in a Hard Fall” by Jason DeParle. Both Authors attempt to persuade his audience, but one is more successful than the other.
Jason DeParle is more effective in accomplishing his persuasive purpose of making the reader believe economic gap is growing due to him using more evidence to support his point, discussing where the beginning of economic inequality starts, and having a heart breaking college story that people can relate to more. John Marsh does not use much evidence to support his purpose. He uses his Odyssey Project to go off of most of the article.
While this evidence is useful, evidence esides this major event need to be used. The economic gap is shown with the class he was teaching and how people struggled to graduate because of having to work multiple low-income Jobs. More examples and facts should be given to become more effective.
Jason DeParle brings out a substantial amount of evidence in comparison to John Marsh. DeParle describes the experience of a college drop out due to money and two lives of other struggling college kids because of their economic status.
Also multiple facts such as “Professor Reardon, the Stanford sociologist, examined a dozen reading nd math tests dating back 25 years and found that the gap in scores of high- and low-income students has grown by 40 percent, even as the difference between blacks and whites has narrowed. ” (DeParle) This fact supports DeParle’s argument towards the growing gap. Therefore with more examples and facts, the evidence provided by DeParle support his point more than Marsh supports his with his evidence.
The start of economic inequality for people is not discussed much in “Why Education Is Not an Economic Panacea”. To get people to understand something, one must describe how it starts. Marsh describes people who have been in a poor osition for a while, but not how they got there. The road to getting in that spot is Just as important as getting out. The economic gap is described from the get go with DeParle.
He starts off with describing the childhood of the characters in his story.
They all live in a economically deprived town called Galveston. The family background is given that tells the reader all of them are from low-income areas. These areas have lower quality schools that do not teach as well as wealthier areas. Therefore knowing their education started off in a tuff spot gives the reader the forshadowing of the future struggles. The story Marsh gives is his own with the Odyssey Project.
He created these free classes people tells about his experience and little about the people he connected with.
The reader is able to connect and feel sorry for the poor taking the class, but the writer does not give enough background information nor detail of the poor person’s or people’s life. To move the reader emotionally more information has to be given than “Most of the people who enrolled in Odyssey were women, usually in their 30s or 40s, a majority of them minority’. (Marsh) It’s hard for the reader to have feelings for these poor people ecause it’s hard for the reader to relate or put their self in the poor’s position.
When DeParle describes the heart-breaking story of Angelica Gonzales, Melissa O’Neal, and Bianca Gonzalez, the reader can relate to them better.
Since their stories are told in such detail, the reader can develop an attachment to kids and can connect with their situation of them struggling to succeed because of their economic inequality. Angelica excelled through high school and was accepted into Emory University. Angelica had to pay for college on her own even though “Emory cost nearly $50,000 that year”.
Marsh) The high cost forced Angelica to work multiple Jobs in college, and it ended up being too much for her so she had to drop out with a tremendous amount of debt. The reader feels bad for Angelica because due to her economic inequality she wasn’t able to fulfill here dream that is more relatable.
This helps the reader understand the author better and thus proves there is an economic gap that is growing. In conclusion, DeParle has Marsh beat by far for accomplishing their persuasive purpose. DeParle swiftly gets the reader to believe economic inequality is out there and increasing.