Assignment 2: Discussion—Comparison of Editorials
In this assignment, you will identify and explore your intuitive critical thinking strategies. It is the starting point to developing the skills to analyze information critically. Research methods of identifying strong and weak arguments using your textbook and the Argosy University online library resources. Be sure to cover the following: * Identify premises and conclusions
* Discuss whether or not an inference is warranted
* Discuss matters of truth and consistency
For this assignment, your facilitator will assign you one of the following debates: * Debate 1: Should the “Ashley X” treatments have been permitted? * Debate 2: Is Osama Bin Laden’s death a decisive blow to Al Qaeda or an unmitigated victory against terrorism? Each debate has two sets of articles for review. Your facilitator will assign you one of these sets. Each set has two articles with two varying, but important, perspectives on the same subject. Be sure to read both articles in the set. Debate 1:
These pairs of articles focus on the subject of “Ashley X,” a child with static encephalopathy who underwent radical surgical procedures to facilitate her care and, thereby, ostensibly improve her quality of life. Set A
* Lewis, J. (2007, January 6). The moral line in medicine shifts once again. The Independent, p. 37. (ProQuest Document ID 311096455). http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/311096455/abstract?source=fedsrch&accountid=34899 * Singer, P. (2007, January 26). A convenient truth [Op-Ed]. The New York Times. (ProQuest Document ID: 433487228). http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/433487228/abstract?source=fedsrch&accountid=34899 Set B
* Lindemann, H., Nelson, J. L. (2008). The romance of the family. The Hastings Center Report, 38(4), 19–21. (ProQuest Document ID 222368438). http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/222368438?accountid=34899 * Picard,...
...Zamboanga faces massive humanitarian crisis
A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. AFP FILE PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – The fighting may be over but a humanitarian crisis remains in Zamboanga City as more than a hundred thousand displaced residents would need long-term support in rebuilding their homes and lives, according to a United Nations relief agency.
In its latest report on the situation in Zamboanga released Friday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs cited the lingering humanitarian disaster in the wake of three weeks of fighting between government troops and guerrillas of a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front led by Nur Misuari.
“The Government recently announced that its stand-off with the MNLF faction has ended. However, the humanitarian crisis continues,” the UN agency said in its report.
“The task of reconstructing homes and rebuilding the communities affected physically and psychologically by the conflict is a massive one. The government now hopes that people who lost their homes in the fighting will be housed in bunk houses until they can rebuild,” it added.
More than 200 people were killed and at least 10,000 homes were destroyed by fires and heavy...
...Many schools have many policies or rules for the students to follow. Some of these policies are controversial and can cause a lot of problems. Others may create a utopian environment. A controversial issue that is discussed in many schools in the area is the distinct dress code issue. The Gary community school corporation forces all students in all Gary schools to wear a distinct uniform with distinct colors. Other corporations in the area such as Merrillville’s school corporation, Portage’s school corporation, and Hobart’s school corporation do not have an uniform dress code policy. Generally, for elementary students (1st-5th grade) the uniform colors are white or light blue tops, and dark blue bottoms with a solid white or black color shoe. For middle school or junior high school students (6th-8th grade), the uniform colors are to wear burgundy tops, and khaki bottoms with a solid white or black color shoe. For high school students the uniform colors are to wear dark/navy blue tops, and khaki bottoms with a solid white or black color shoe. Many people, including myself disagree with the need of dress code in the schools.
In my opinion, I disagree with the need of a uniform. The primary goal of going to school is to get an education. The type of clothes or color you wear has no effect on your knowledge. I believe the representatives of the corporation believe that wearing a uniform makes you look presentable and professional. This standpoint is correct but to a...
...The American dream is a symbol of hope, empowering the characters to endure the tribulationsof life. In Of Mice and Men, protagonists Lennie and George have created an American dreamthat one day they will "have a bigvegetablepatch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when itrains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stoveand set around it and listen to the rain comin' down on the roof [SIC]"(Steinbeck 16). The dreamis a stronghold; it allows them to endure the circumstances on the farm where they work. Bothmen dislike working on the farm because the boss's son, Curley is often very cruel and theconditions on the ranch are deplorable. However, they continue to work on the farm because "if we can get jus' a few dollars in the poke we'll shove off and go up the American River and pangold. We can make maybe a couple of dollars a day there, and we might hit a pocket [SIC]" (33).The dream creates an impetus for Lennie and George to stay within the intolerableconfines of farm to earn the money necessary to attain their dream. To them, "the dream of landrepresents independence and dignity; the American Dream" (Magill 4622). Theranchis asanctuary where Lennie and George can evade society and find acceptance despite Lennie'smental disability. Lennie is the beholder of dream, he constantly asks "George, how long's itgoing to be till we get that little place an' live off the fatta the lan'an' rabbits?" (Steinbeck 55).Although...
...Annie Dillard, the author of “The Death of a Moth” and Virginia Woolf, the author of “The Death of the Moth” have very different outlooks on the subject of life and death. Annie Dillard notices the point of loss and gain involved in the circle of life. Virginia Woolf, however, seems to see life as pointless and meaningless. It is essentially a postponement of the inevitable to her.
Each author writes her essay at a different point in the year. This has a major impact on the personalities each of them. Dillard, the more chipper author, writes her essay in recollection of a past summer. Summer is a time when life is thrilling and nature is at its best, a season of positivity. The offspring of many animals first come out into the world in summer, signifying the beginning of new life. Because summer is a warm and bright season, energy is at its peak, and spirits are high. Then you have less ecstatic Woolf, who wrote her essay in the fall, a time of changing, when the life of summer is slowly depleted so we can go into the cold days of winter. The autumn is a dark time in which the energy of all living things is being drained, even the summer’s green leaves begin to die out to an orange or red. Fall and summer are totally opposite seasons but the dark time of autumn reflects the dark nature of Woolf’s essay and her as a person.
Each author writes in a manner that clearly describes their surroundings. Dillard goes to the woods to relax and enjoy the world. She describes...
...Both of Everett C. Marm in “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ said The Ticktockman” and Everett in the story “Super Goat Man” shared many similar and different elements. Everett C. Marm was trying to be a rebel to the strict society he was living in and always tried hard to go against all the enforced rules, the Ticktockman and Alice, his partner. On the other hand, Everett in “Super Goat Man” had followed the conformity of the society with the existence of the Super Goat Man. Next, both Everetts had their own resolutions of maintaining the status quo regarding the social issues that they were facing. Provided that, Lethem’s Everett might think Ellison’s Everett is somebody who’s recklessly having an attempt to change his strict government by using violence.
In “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ said The Ticktockman,” Harlan Ellison had done a great job describing the story, which took place in the far future and everything was in the time manner. According to Ellison, everything in the future will be enforced strictly by laws and rules included the time. Besides those principles were strictly enforced, the Ticktockman also played a very important role in the story because he was assigned to keep track of the times of every person. He strictly took time off from anybody’s life if he or she arrives late to work or to any scheduled appointment. Overall, the Ticktockman basically resembled a strict government to control everything in the society; every person was required to follow him....
...Mohandas Gandhi and Mao Zedong were two great leaders who succeeded in many ways by their actions and decisions. Gandhi was an Indian leader and Mao a Chinese leader. However, their approach to success, peace, and ultimately, a revolution, was very different. Mao favored peace through violence, and Gandhi favored peace through non-cooperation and standing up for what is right. He also believed that these changes will be accomplished by “conscious suffering”, was the way he put it. However, despite their differences, these two leaders were similar too. They were both very charismatic leaders who successfully made it through their revolutions. Mao’s revolution led to change in class structure while Gandhi’s revolution involved India as a country, and he wanted people to realize that working together is a great way to gain independence. While Mao and Gandhi both believed that each of their countries have the need of independence, their views differed when it came to the use of violence, development towards the revolution, and their thoughts on a caste system.
Gandhi and Mao Zedong had different ideas when it came to the use of violence. Mao believed that “Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.” (reading packet, 12) What this means is that force is absolutely necessary and the outcome of force is violence. Mao is in total agreement with violence and sees the people opposing the movements he is favoring as “paper tigers”. As in, at first, these...
English III AP
30 October 2013
Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter
Of Mice and Men’s George and The Scarlet Letter’s Hester Prynne the main characters in these two novels. Both are misunderstood by the people around them. Of Mice and Men was written in 1937 by John Steinbeck to show the most vulnerable people in society at that time. The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850 to illustrate the way of life for the Puritan society and the way some were punished or misunderstood due to not following the Puritan ways. In Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter Steinbeck and Hawthorne share a common theme between the two novels. By comparing and contrasting the characters, setting, and conflicts it is illustrated that people are being out casted by society because they have committed crimes throughout the novels.
While comparing and contrasting George from Of Mice and Men and Hester from The Scarlet Letter, one will discover they have many similarities and differences. This proves why and or how these characters are mistreated and out casted by the society they live in. For examples of similarities George and Hester both had burdens to deal with as well as being out casted by the people they love and they protect. George and Hester also both planned ways to escape their lives. George tells Lennie countless time in the first chapters in Of Mice and Men how “[he] could get along so easy and so nice if he didn’t have [him] on [his] tail” stating that...
Comparison of the “Bridegroom” and “Everyday Use” short stories
In the book by Alice Walker, Everyday Use, she tells about lessons that are true to hertiage, which can get it and what it is while in the Bridegroom, Ha Jin narrates a story of his son in law who was institutionalized because of the homosexuality. My essay therefore aims at comparing the two books to see how they relate to each other.
In the book “Everyday Use”, the parent-daughter conflict is based on who will get the quilt and the primary problem is based on who will get their mothers love. The quilt symbolizes the acceptance of their mother. It also shows their mothers love that is put on the relationship. Comparatively, the author of the story Bridegroom focuses on sparrows more than once in the story, this helps to highlight the impacts of homogenization on individuals. Immediately after the arrest of Baowen, Cheng allows an interruption of his thought so as to allow him compare it to a sparrow which is a common bird. He thinks that a single sparrow with a set of organs which is complete on its own, and just like others can disturb the structure of its society, which is the same way a political rebel can disturb the whole human society. This manner of thinking allows him to aknowledge the use of the full force of the law in handling this crime, and gets prepared for whatever penalty that might be given out.
The story, “Everyday Use”, is...