Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The second part of the first chapter of The Routes of Man by Ted Conover utilizes about three different types of rhetorical modes. The most used that i noticed was description. Every road that Conover visits is described in so much detail that it is almost as if you were there or have been there yourself. For example one of the roads described, a sacbe, is detailed in the way it was constructed, what was used to construct it, and whether i was curved or straight. Another rhetorical mode that is evident in Conover's writing is compare/contrast. He compares the techniques of different civilizations that constructed each road discussed as well as points out the diferences among them.
Monday, September 17, 2012
In "Learning as Freedom" -an article published on September 5, 2012 in The New York Times, Michael Roth argues contrary to the "customized playlist of knowledge" of predesigned systems of education that condenses students to one limited field, higher education should act as a doorway to expand our knowledge, skills, and individuality in oder for each person to choose his or her own educational path and grow his or her own sense of significance. Roth supports this claim by finding something of an ally in John Dewey, a philosopher and influential thinker on education, whose idea is that students should be allowed an open arena when it comes to higher education, not merely limited to one specalized field of study. Throughout the editorial, Roth uses quotes and ideals from Dewey to give further evidence to his own argument.