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Journey of Education: Setbacks and Pressures

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Clamous To Learn
College is a Waste of Time and Money
College Pressures
Journey of Education: Setbacks and Pressures
Gut Reactions
The general system presented in the four passages was:
Rhetorical Modes
Visual Works
Works Cited
Vivian Hua, Yvonne Hua, Thao Tran, Aryana Wilkins & Uniqua Williams

Learning to Read
Clamorous to Learn
Clamorous to Learn by Eudora Welty published in 1983, addresses Welty's experiences with readingt. Welty begins by discussing her grammar school principal, Miss Duling, who is known to be a strict and firm personality and view of how to run a school.Welty’s passion for reading never faltered with Miss Duling as a great influence because she expected absolute perfection. She continues throughout the text describing several encounters she had with adults and how they were extremely stern about grammar. At the time Welty was distraught about the things her teachers would make them do, such as having spelling matches in the dark, and even being reprimanded because Welty’s friend said “I might could”, but eventually everything that she had learned and experienced in school paid off.
College Pressures
College Pressures written by William Zinsser, who is the dean of Branford College, was published in April 1979. The author presents his ideas based on his observations as a master of a college. Throughout his essay he addresses his concerns about how college students are so focused on being the best inside and outside of class, most of them forget to have regular lives. Zinsser asserts that college has not become a place where students come to seek a education but attend because their parents force them to. He attempts to convince his students that and pursue the majors they desire.
College is a Waste of Time and Money
Education and learning styles
Contrast real will to learn and being pressured to be educated
Influences/effects of education to author
influence of surrounding on education.
Learning to Read
Douglass is the only African American author and slave.
Written in the 18th century
He taught himself how to read and write.
Serious tone
Clamous to Learn
Childhood narrative
Nursery rhyme
"Pear tree by the garden gate, How much longer must I wait."
Descriptive imagery
College Is a Waste of Time and Money
Appeal of Logos:
Factual opinion based on
False premises of college
College Pressures
Four Pressures of College:
peer pressure
self induced
Fictional Character named Carlos Hortas to symbolize a typical student in college.
"College Is a Waste of Time and Money"
"Caroline Bird challenged the group’s understanding on the real reason why education has become coined as an obligated experience - elementary, intermediate, middle, high school, and college are accepted by society as a way to become successful in life."
"College Pressures"
"Our group could greatly relate to the four main pressures Zinsser depicts “economic pressure, parental pressure, peer pressure, and self-induced pressure” as we’re often stressed with work ourselves (Zinsser 381)."
"The majority of our group members have a job including Yvonne, Vivian, Aryana, and Uniqua. Taking advanced classes and balancing a job is definitely a relatable pressure we face as we expect ourselves to do good in both areas."
"Learning to Read
Yvonne & Aryana
"Made them reevaluate their thoughts of America's current compulsory education systems. The free education America provides is simply disregarded by the younger generation as it is overlooked as a hassle and unnecessary. Whereas third world countries do not provide this opportunity and the children there have to struggle to go to school, similar to Frederick Douglass as he was not allowed to attend school due to segregation."
"Clamorous to Learn"
"Eudora Welty served as an inspiration for the entire group. We each admired Welty’s drive and willingness to gain knowledge through each one of her circumstances."
Ironic? Shocking?
Bird, Caroline. “College is a Waste of Time and
Money.” The Norton Reader: An Anthology of
Nonfiction. Eds. Linda H. Peterson, 13th ed. New York: Norton, 2012. 372-. 380 Print.
Douglas, Frederick. “Learning to Read.” The
Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. Eds. Linda H. Peterson, et al. 13th ed. New York: Norton, 2012. 346-350. Print.
Welty, Eudora. “Clamorous to Learn.” The Norton
Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. Eds. Linda H. Peterson, et al. 13th ed. New York: Norton, 2012. 350-355. Print.
Zinsser, William. “College Pressures.” The Norton
Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. Eds.
Linda H. Peterson, et al. 13th ed. New York: Norton, 2012. 380-386. Print.

Douglass addresses his experiences as an African American slave in America and how he learned to read and write. He begins his piece by introducing his misterss who was his first reading educator. After a while of teaching him the alphabet, his slave master unfortunately had a change of heart and forbade him to read. He began to find other ways of learning until he had eventually gained the knowledge he sought. He then plotted an escape to freedom, but the first step he decided he needed to take before his departure was to learn to write. For the next few years Douglass taught himself the alphabet until he mastered the art of composition.
Learning To Read: Ironic
Douglass tried hard to learn how to read but wished to be a "beast" (Douglass 348).
Clamorous To Learn: Disturbing
Mrs.McWillie was overly strict about students' regular speech
College Is A Waste Of Time And Money + College Is Pressure: Shocking
Reality about colleges is scary with so much pressure

“It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity.” (Douglas )348
“She’s not the only teacher who has influenced me, but Miss Duling, in some fictional shape or form, has stridden into a larger part of my work that I’d realized until now” (Weltey 351)
College Is a Waste of Time and Money” by Caroline Bird was originally published in 1975. Bird’s intentions are explicitly expressed through her title as she wants the audience to look beyond the surface when deciding whether or not on pursuing a further education. Her reflection upon the insignificance of attaining a college degree is clearly identified as she incorporates viewpoints of former students. Throughout the reading, Bird continues to provide examples to explain why colleges are not made for everyone, but society enforces the ideology where pursuing a college diploma right after attending high school is the right path for youths. However, those that desire education and want to reach out to institutions that gives them the credentials to enter their desired field is a good starting point. Individuals who do not wish to pursue this path, should not succumb to social expectations of the right future a student should follow.
“Achievement is the national God, venerated in our media- the million dollar athlete, the wealthy exclusive- and glorified in our praise and possessions. In the presence of such a potent state religion, the young are growing up old.” (Zinsser 381)
“First, college doesn’t make people intelligent, ambitious, happy or liberal. It’s the other way around. Intelligent, ambitious, happy, liberal people are attracted to higher education in the first place.” (Bird 379)
“The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street. As many of these as I could, I converted into teachers.” (Douglas 347)
Clamorous To Learn
Learning To Read
College is a Waste of Time and Money
“It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm.” (348)
Welty talks about Miss Duling, the dean of her school who held standards that were “ very high” and “inflexible”, then she talks about her mother who expected “unclouded perfection” from her (Welty 352). Following this, she then gives examples of Mrs. McWillie who made such a big deal because Welty’s friend said “I might could”
Through the reading, she provides different examples and scenarios of how people with college degrees sometimes end up making less of than those who does not college degrees. Bird claims that a Princeton bound high schooler would have to put “$34, 181 that his four years of college” would cost him to a saving bank and he ended up acquiring more money “between the ages of 22 and 64” than a college graduate would make during that time.
College Pressures
Zinsser writes about each pressure and provides examples pertaining to each one either through personal experiences or scenarios.
Pitch Perfect
College life
Pressures from family
Forbidden to carry out one's wishes

Authoritative figures influences
Learning to Read
white supremacy
Clamorous to Learn
Eudora Wetly describes her adolescence in English with a perfectionist teacher.

She teaches her audience that education is key and no matter how hard it may seem it will pay off.
Clamorous to Learn
Social Darwinism: survival of the fittest
College Pressures
Socially constructed norms of education
College is a Waste of Time and Money
socially constructed norms of education
College Is a Waste of Time and Money
Caroline Bird attacks the idea of college being for learning.

She makes out college to be a social center where you only age and meet new people and tax payers blindly keep footing the bill

Bird wants us, her audience, to take a second look into what we are getting into with college.
College Pressures
Douglass saw education as a push factor in understanding slavery as a imprisonment of a individual from his freedom.
Welty saw the education system as a system that should be valued.
Bird saw education as a system that deprives students from freedom.
Zinsser claims the education systems as an allusion os success when it really just gives students pressure.
He acquired education through all means. One of which was to trade his bread for a lesson with the "poor white boyss" (Douglass 347).
"On winter days, the schoolrooms would grow so dark that sometimes you couldn't see the figures on the back board" (Welty 355).
Stress in the life of a college student is inevitable
Take the time out to make yourself mentally available
you can do it!

Learning to Read
Frederick Douglass relayed his view on the value of education through his life as a slave boy trying to learn and escape from the disposition he was born into .
We will never personally know what it is like to fight for an education for now, it is handed to us with no hesitation.
"By 1973, when jobs were scarce, that figure jumped to 80 percent" (Bird 377).
"College doesn't make people intelligent, ambitious , happy, or liberal...Intelligent, ambitious, happy, liberal people are attracted to high eduction in the first place."
"She perceived Douglas’s inability to attend school to be similar to America’s educational system and how it is affected by monetary aspects. Specifically, taxes as findings for privileged schools and the disadvantaged schools differ greatly depending on the standings of homeowners. The more money and higher status homeowners of a district has, the more findings a school would receive. Those who live from paycheck to paycheck are detrimentally different since findings are significantly lower. Douglas is similar to the disadvantaged children as education was not a prominent opportunity as others such as the Caucasians or the privileged.
"Overall, our group was captivated by Douglas’s narration of his elongated struggle with education that would eventually provide him his freedom."
" It was inspirational to read how Welty transformed her negative experiences into motivations for her to continue her search for knowledge. Welty endured strict teachers and pushy parents and instead of quitting and becoming angry with these adults for expecting too much from her, she instead used their sternness to her advantage, in turn, she came to be grateful for those who tested her abilities."
"The reward she gained from these experiences has aided in constructing her character. We applaud Welty for enduring through these experiences and allowing us to realize that oftentimes it is those moments which seem the toughest that could truly present the most success later on."

Thao & Vivian
The value of education has deprived students from attaining what they as individuals really believe should be pursued and leave them to a limited choice -a college diploma. This perplexed Vivian and Thao to the reason why it has become an obligation when some people are not academically capable and rather live pursuing a career that does not require a high school or college diploma.
Yvonne & Janae
"College opens doors to an abundance of job opportunities and contributing factors to financial stability. These opinions however, are “false promises” presented to society by adults, family, and media (Bird 379)."
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