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"Learning By Degrees" by Rebecca Mead

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"Learning By Degrees" by Rebecca Mead
Author's message/thesis
What you do with your education is more valuable than where you go.
It's not over rated if you are going to school for the right reason
"There are many state schools where ationyou can get an excellent education- and where you will find many classmates who, like you, are highly motivated." (Mead, 832)
Author's Purpose
To inform the audience about what you do with your education.
Questions if the purpose of attending college is to get a better education and aquire life skills or merely obtain a degree and a job.
Author's intended audience
Future college students
College alumni
Parents of college students
Readers of the New Yorker
Rhetorical Appeals
Author is very credible
Attended Oxford University in England and New York University
Author uses statistics
Argumentative Scale
"Unaddressed in that calculus is any question of what else an education might be for: to nurture critical thought; to expose idividuals to the signal accomplishments of humankind; to develop in them an ability not just to listen actively but to respond intelligently."
We would say that Mead is for a college education if you are willing to actually learn and make the most out of it; not just for the degree.
Response to Peter Thiel
Mead would disagree with Thiel. Thiel is encouraging students to drop out when Mead is an advocate for students applying themselves in an area in which they want to persue their career.
Mead would agree to some extent in that Thiel is giving the student the opportunity to do something meaningful with their lives. However, she would disagree in that Thiel wants the students to drop out of school. She wants students to stay in school and become better citizens and strengthen their learning skills.

Rhet 110N
"Of course we all know people who aren't cut out for college, but I know it's a mistake to think of education only as a route to a better career. Reading books, studying history-all these things contribute to making us better citizens, too." (Mead, 832)
"The accounting prof at Columbia took a few mintutes one day in 1969 to compare the learning potential of a college prof vs. a sewer worker for the NYC. One finishes HS, goes to and pays for Columbia, gets grants for an MA and gets thru a PhD without any real income. Finally he gets on the faculty and starts up the ladder. The other person quits HS at 16 and gets on the NYC payroll." (836)
"The safest of all degrees to be acquiring this year is in accounting: forty-six percent of graduates in that discipline have already been offered jobs. Business majors are similarly placed: forty-four percent will have barely a moment to breathe before undergoing the transformation from student to suit." (829)
"Engineers of all stripes-chemical, computer, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental-have also fared relatively well since the onset of the recession: they dominate a ranking, issued by Payscale.com, of the disciplines that produce the best-earning graduates." (829)
"It seems that their opinion is that many people go to college/ university, pay the money, and just get the pass through. Meaning they go through the motions where nothing is learnt." (834)
"I ask because, frankly, some people go to college so they can get a job, not because they love to learn, and collegemarketing plays into the employment expectation." (835)
How is Mead's purpose on education similar to Thiel's?
Both want students to be successful in society
Thiel wants students to be successful right away
Mead wants students to be successful as they develop skills and grow with time, after maturing and attending college
Who is more persusaive?
Thiel is more persusive because
his offer sounds more appealing to most students
making a living faster
no student loans you have to repay
if you do fail, you have an opportunity to start over and potentially go back to school because you're still young
Who is more credible?
Thiel is more credible because
he has more experience
he is physically giving money and guaranteeing them money, Mead is only suggesting to be motivated, she's not guaranteeing it
Overall, Mead is saying that education is something that you have to be committed in and put effort into so you will make something out of it and gain knowledge, skills and become a better citizen. We agree that if you apply yourself in college and you will get something out of it.
Works Cited
Mead, Rebecca. "Everything's an argument." Trans. Array "Learning by Degrees". Print.
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