Huong 1 Nguyen Thi Quynh Huong ID: 1517710065 Instructor: Vu Thi Diem Phuc Writing 2: Rhetorical analysis March 22, 2017 Education is the road to success for most people in the world. For many students nowadays, higher education is considered as merely a conduit for a high-paying first job. However, in the article “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?”, published on August 22 nd , 2011 in Issue 74 of The Oxford American, the Professor Mark Edmundson aims to convince students that rather than using “university education” for “a means to an end” with the “end” being a good job, students should instead focus on receiving a meaningful education that will help them define themselves and later allow them to receive a fulfilling job. To achieve his purpose, Edmundson begins the argument by claiming that one has to “fight against the institution” to get a good college education. He points out what is wrong with college education nowadays: the effort people put into teaching and studying is just at the bare minimum, for college to them is just a bridge leading to more important goals. Then, the author also claims that students are built up by so many people around: they are made to be “father’s son” or “mother’s daughter”; colleges want them to be “well-rounded students, civic leaders, people who know what the system demands, how to keep matters light […]”. Being shaped by
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