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23 September 2016
College and the Real World
In Maryellen Weimer’s blog post “A Memo to My Students Re: College and the Real World” she compares working in the real world and working in a classroom. With her argument that school really does prepare you for the real world and students simply don’t often see it as an opportunity for preparation, she is deemed quite successful by her fellow bloggers. Every commenter either agrees or has thoughts to piggy back on Weimer’s. Within her post she utilizes a Rogerian style of argument and ethos, and logos by using personal experiences with colleagues, and students.
First, Weimer displays a Rogerian style of argument, finding common ground between people who might think education has become a waste of time and those people like herself who simply believe that education is very much the same as the “real world”. She starts by explaining the story about the engineering student and his presentation in which he stated that “Its school – not real engineering” (1). Weimer does not fully agree but she is able to explain her disagreement in a nonthreatening way, clarifying that “What happens in college and what you’ll be doing in your career aren’t the same, but really and truly they aren’t as different as you may think […] As a professional, you won’t be asked to write term papers with references to APA format, but you will have all sorts of writing assignments” (2-5).
Next, Weimer is able to create logos using multiple examples throughout her post. “When you believe what you’re doing in school isn’t the real deal, that changes how you approach your work. Rather than seeing it as preparation for professional life, you see it as stuff the teacher makes you do” (2). If a person knows they can get by with only a minimal amount of work and still make it seem like great efforts have been put in, they most often will. So, logically, if a student can pass a class with minimal efforts they are much more likely to pursue that route rather than putting extra time and work into something they don’t see as being greatly beneficial. Weimer uses this idea repeatedly, later stating that “the same goes for classroom policies – too many students think they’re things that matter to the teacher but won’t matter later in life, or if they do matter in the world of work, well, you’ll do them then” (3).
By using a Rogerian style of writing and including ethos and logos Weimer is successfully able to convince the reader of her opinion that school is beneficial to students in the “real world”. Also claiming that its merely the students who aren’t taking advantage of school as a time for