Assignment 2_The Power of Learning(1st draft)

Assignment 2_The Power of Learning(1st draft) - Chantel...

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Chantel Wynter Writing 101 – Mike Stanish Assignment # 2: The Power of Learning In Swerdlow’s essay “Changing America” he uses J.E.B Stuart High School in Virginia for the specific reason that it was rich in diversity due to the many immigrant students that went there to gain there education. He uses this high school and to portray the flux on American high schools. He uses the high school to show readers an “ideal” picture of the life of immigrant students when they arrive here. Swerdlow uses interviews from the students themselves, pictures of the students and statistics in order to put his point across but in actuality there is no real point. He uses these factual items to make an objective point. By doing this he ends up only writing an essay based on unspoken assumptions. His essay seems to only be written to show how the students in the United States in the school epitomizes the idea of immigrant life in the United States overall as the usual idea of the “melting pot”. In actuality he’s subtly conveying the idea that immigrants who come here are poor, illiterate, and parents are not helping the children to success through them being illiterate, through his unspoken assumptions. Swerdlow states “Immigration patterns worldwide show a flow of people from poor countries to those with stronger economies, especially to industrialized countries, with aging workforces.” It is likely he states this in a way to give readers information as to the reason why most people tend to emigrate from their home nation. In fact he’s subtly saying that all immigrants move to these countries because they were poor in their country so the only way they could have survived is by going somewhere that’s economically stable. Basically this is not true, not every one that goes to another country does so for that sole purpose. He tries to stick every immigrant into one group as a whole when in fact they are all different people just like when
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they get to these different countries and are mixed with the people from that country. Every
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course CHE 101 taught by Professor Churchhill during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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