What is the author’s view of the function or value of education, and how does that argument reflect your own experiences with and thoughts about school and learning?
This assignment serves two main purposes:
You will practice writing a college-level, thesis-driven essay based on a reading and evidence; and
You will receive feedback that will help you improve your writing skills.
Please select one (1) of the following readings that most resonated with you: “The Function of Education” by Jiddu Krishnamurti; “A Talk to Teachers” by James Baldwin; or “Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros.
Then, answer the following question:
What is the author’s view of the function or value of education, and how does that argument reflect your own experiences with and thoughts about school and learning? You will connect examples and evidence from the reading to your own experiences and attitudes in each body paragraph.
Remember to be specific. You want to select important quotations from the reading that illustrate the critical idea or theme, and you want to show how those quotations are relevant in your life. Use your specific experiences to make those connections instead of talking generally. For example:
GENERAL: I think Krishnamurti is right when he says that life can be our teacher.
SPECIFIC: Having to get a job when my mom got sick taught me a lot about how to be responsible, something I didn’t learn enough about in school.
How to Submit
Please make sure to submit either a .doc, .docx, or a .pdf file.
Click the blue button that states “Submit Assignment” in the upper right-hand corner. Then scroll down below the assignment guidelines and follow the prompts to submit.
IF you submit a Google doc, please make sure to upload it under the Google doc tab and that your essay is in your SMC Google Drive. If you’ve written and saved it in your personal account, share it with yourself FIRST to get it into your SMC Google Drive. Alternatively, you can convert it to a PDF first and then upload.
Please note that all student work will be run through Turnitin.com to establish that your essay is your own work.
This is a 100-point assignment, and you must meet the minimum requirements below in order to receive a passing grade:
Essay should be typed, use a 12-point font, be double-spaced, and have 1-inch margins
Essay should be between 750 and 1000 words, or 3 to 4 pages, not including the Works Cited page
Essay should be formatted according to MLA guidelines, including a Works Cited page
Please use the article I attached for the essay. I also uploaded my previous arguments on this article for this class for reference.
An example essay provided by the instructor was also attached.