Herndon 1Noor HerndonProfessor PuruggananO43A English 11226 February 2020Growth is a Class AwaySelf-discovery is unique in its interpretation and the foundation of any inspiring moment in life. Perlstein describes the main components of self-discovery as three rites of passage. "first independent film, first independent thought, and first independent study.'' In the article, Two Years Are Better Than Four, Liz Addison presents strong logical rhetoric in her arguments. Addison concludes that Perlstein has overlooked community college, or more accurately, "Mr. Perlstein has never set foot in an American community college." because of Perlstein's central claim that "College as America used to understand it is coming to an end." Addison uses logical rhetoric when concluding that Perlstein's argument in What's the Matter With Collegeis based onhis experience in a four-year school and that he can not speak for the lack of self-discovery in all schools if he did not attend a community college. Addison advocates for community college and mentions her privilege of attending two community colleges and that self-discovery in today's community college is just alive and well. Liz follows up with an example that community college offers opportunities to start at any level. Liz uses emotional words in a pathos argument to emphasize the little growth after every class is building blocks of self-discovery. As opposed to four-year colleges where one must "prove yourself worldly, insightful, cultured, mature, before you get to college." Liz also mentions the more significant impact that community colleges had compared to the beatnik generation that Perlstein describes having experienced more self-discovery in college. However, there are discrepancies in her writing; some fallacies
Herndon 2like an ad hominem and hasty generalization make Addison's tone condescending. Including her failure to mention the socially-driven experiences that built Perlstein's belief in his archetype of self-discovery.Addison’s main argument is that all community colleges still promote self-discovery. Addison adheres to Rick Perlstein's examples of rites of passage that he believes lead to self-discovery. Addison argues these rites of passage are still included in community college, mainly because the atmosphere of a community college is hopeful in the option to begin at any academiclevel. Addison concludes that every student's growth and exposure while adapting to community college fulfills the requirements of Perlstein's definition of self-discovery.