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Brian Lee Professor Boemo Expository Writing 101:LP October 30, 2008 Training to Retrograde In the competitive “dog eat dog” society we live in, citizens are constantly striving to be elite. If excellence is not attained, society tells us that we have failed. This mentality is constantly being embedded into the mind of the youth through many outlets. To avoid the ominous, overwhelming event of failure, society trains. Training, the term refers to the gaining of skills, knowledge, and aptitude as a result of the teaching of practical skills and knowledge related to a specific task. Training creates the foundation for the skills required to be proficient in a trade. It maintains, improves, and updates the skills required for the specific job. Business firms train their employees for jobs, professional athletes train in the preseason, and the army trains its soldiers before deployment. These are only a handful of examples of the vast amounts of training that exist today. Training is, more or less, a means of education. Jean Twenge’s “An Army of One: Me ” shows the drastic change of appreciation for the self over the past thirty years, while arguing that this obsessive focus is detrimental to society. In “The Naked Citadel”, Susan Faludi delves into the legal battle that ensued after The Citadel, an all-male military academy, admitted its first female cadet. Both writers explore the unique training of different aspects of society. Twenge writes about training the “self” and preserving self-esteem. On the other hand, Faludi explores the training of the Citadel’s first year cadets and preserving the all- male tradition. The training of the individual and the “knobs” has various pros and cons when used to enhance, but is generally ineffective in being a strong educational factor for society. Lee 1
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When training to enhance, one must have a goal. When a professional caliber baseball team attends training camp in the offseason, it is working towards the goal of a world championship. Often training results in positive effects. Likewise, Twenge and Faludi demonstrate how society and the “knobs” are training to attain their respective goals and the positive that can be gained. The individuals of society are trained by the traditional school system to love and respect themselves. They are constantly under the influence that they are important and that they should be celebrated for it. Twenge aptly refers to the generation with high self esteem as ‘Generation Me.’ “Generation Me is the first generation raised to believe that everyone should have high self-esteem” (Twenge 763). However, self-esteem is not only taught in the classroom. It is often promoted in self-help books, magazines, television talk shows, and other media outlets. “A careful study of news stories published or aired between 1980 and 1999 found a large increase in self reference words and a marked decrease in collective words” (Twenge 761). Words like humanity and crowd were
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