Summarize the “They Say” of the below article and respond to it with your own “I Say”: an argumentative thesis statement that is in explicit agreement, disagreement, or a mixture of agreement and disagreement with the “They Say.”
Whatever response you choose, your thesis must add something to the conversation.
After establishing the “They Say” and the “I Say” in the introduction, use the body of the essay to:
(1) elaborate on the “They Say”;
(2) explain your “I Say” to distinguish it from the “They Say”;
(3) support your “I Say” with claims, citations, evidence, and examples;
(4) defend your “I Say” from “naysayers”; and
(5) clarify your “I Say” throughout by using “metacommentary.” Although your entire essay should be answering the “Who Cares?” and “So What?” questions, the conclusion of your essay will be the place to reinforce your argument and appeal to readers to respond (i.e., “Now What?”).
Ungar talks about how the economic times are hard and how liberal-arts education has taken a hit. Ungar mentions some common mis perceptions and and his reaction to them as a liberal-arts president. Misperception one talks about how it is a luxury that most can not afford and many struggle to pay for their kids to even go to college, however, Ungar says that many just hop on the bandwagon and go when in reality they get a job that heads straight to the factory or office cubical to work right away without any degree. Misperception two talks about how those with a liberal-arts degree find it a bit more challenging to get a good job, while Ungar says that some with those degrees are running some big companies and work in highly technical fields. Misperception three talks about how the liberal arts are unrelated for low-income and first-generation students. Ungar disagrees and says that everyone is welcome to the table and we should respect those. Misperception four is that a person should not just study arts alone and that the liberal-arts has wide range on choices in natural science, humanities, and social sciences. Ungar chimes in to say that America is simply trying to keep up with China and other rising economies. Misperception five talks about how its the liberal Democrats who got America into trouble. Ungar disagrees and says it has nothing to do with politics. Misperception six says that America holds onto the old fashioned postsecondary education while Ungar says that we should expand and focus on one. Misperception seven talks about America falling apart and that liberal-arts colleges are becoming more irrelevant while Ungar says it wont be ignored, but it will be hard due to financial problems. After reading all the misperceptions, I agree with Ungar’s rebuttles because everyone has this idea of America and liberal-arts colleges, but little do they know that America has always followed old “rules,” and believed that it was made for specific people, which it false. It was made for everyone and people can start a trend by having first-generations work through it.