Rhetorical essay

The big problem with the new SAT:

 The main claim this argument is making us that the “new and improved” SAT will require students to demonstrate in depth knowledge of subjects they study in school. The test is taking steps forward to becoming a test of curriculum mastery. 

 He/she supports this claim by stating that the test will be more straight forward material that students encounter in the classroom, and will move away from the difficult language.

 While there is clear improvement the revised SAT remains problematic. The test still has the speed factor to it. writing is a very important skill for college and that will now be optional. 

 He/she finally argues that is SAT is designed to rank students rather than measure them on what they actually know. The test is also designed to have a “bell curve” by using distractors to make the multipolar choice items more difficult. 

 He/she has a tone of informing/concerned. They are revising this test, but are they really making it better? Colleges are still going to require students to take the writing portion. The “distractors” are only making students suffer on the test. 


Book blog #3 

Eleanor and Park: pgs:74-85

In this book so far I have an issue with Park. I do not understand why he just doesn’t tell Cal that he wants to ask Eleanor to homecoming. He clearly likes her a lot by bringing her comic books, tapes for her headset, and kissing her hand. Cal is insisting that Park to invite Kim just so Cal can hook up with her, yeah what a friend. The other thing that I don’t understand completely is why is Eleanor not doing some cute things back to Park. Does she want to lead him on? Or does she just not know how to handle it? They clearly like eachother but are too shy and timid to say/do anything about it. Is Park embarrassed to say he likes Eleanor and scared of being made fun of by the kids in the back of the bus like Tina or is it something more? 


Black Culture is not the problem 

 The main claim and argument is that it is not black culture starting these problems it’s the people who are intimidated and scared of them from what they have heard. She/he supports his/her claim by stating in Baltimore “white cops, black suspects, black corpes.” Police officers are shooting and killing unarmed people. 

 He/she proceeds to show that by stating they saw, in the words of Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, “thugs” or in the words of president Obama “thugs and criminals.” Not all colored people are those things people portray them to be. 

 He/she finally argues that when black people of influence make these arguments, it’s hard for them to question Baltimore they way they had questioned Ferguson. 

 He/she has a tone of educating that not all black people are “thugs” and “criminals” instead we lionize the mother in Baltimore who went up one side and down the other for her rioting son. “The parents need to take more control of their children.” The video also shows that violence is the best way to get wayward black peoples under control.