Over the course of this unit, my thoughts on arguing have changed dramatically. Before this unit I knew that arguing was supposed to be based on facts and stuff, but I never used any. When I would argue I would usually become irrational and say a bunch of dumb random information. Before this unit I would argue when ever I though I was right, which is pretty much all the time. When I think I am right I almost never have a problem arguing about it. Like I said earlier I used to argue using my opinion instead of presenting facts and logical statements.
The friends that I hang out with usually construct their arguments the same way that I do. They tend to construct arguments based on their opinions on things rather than facts.
The only adults that I usually argue with are my parents and they win. They construct their arguments with facts, but even when I bring facts to the table I still lose.
In our class I think that there was a tie for the best debate. I believe Nathan and Jasmine definitely had a tie for best debate. Both of them used good information and used their time very wisely.
Over the course of this unit, my thoughts on this topic have changed a lot. Now I try to be more logical when arguing and I only argue when I know that I am correct.
This experience has been rather difficult for me because I did not enjoy it that much. I think that in this topic there were to many rules introduced. Persuasive writing is something that I already do not like, but there was a lot of new rules introduced that made it even harder. Overall developing persuasive speech is something that I did not enjoy doing and found it difficult to do.
Logos- The most important information that I learned about my topic was the price of the school uniforms. This was very important to me and should be important to others because it is something that isn’t talked about often. Like most, I thought school uniforms were free and would be supplied by the school, but they are actually pretty expensive. They can cost anywhere from $100-$200. This was something that I had not previously known, and their was multiple websites that led to this being the case.
Pathos- The biggest emotional appeal to my topic is the suppression of freedom of expression. Lots of parents and students are arguing against uniforms because they believe it stops students from being able to express themselves. My topic is emotionally charged because many of the arguments against it are based on emotional appeal like freedom of expression.
Ethos- The biggest ethics issue I found with school uniforms is religion. Some students won’t be able to wear the uniform because of their religion, but if they don’t have to wear it then why should other students. How can schools rightfully punish students for not wearing the school uniform, when some students don’t have to wear it because of religion.
Of the three appeals, I believe that emotional appeal is the most important one. It contains the biggest argument against the topic right now which is freedom of expression. Emotional appeal is the most commonly used one for and against it. The pro would be that it enhances school pride, and against is that it restricts freedom of expression. The biggest fallacious arguments is that wearing them lowers bullying and increases grades, and against is that all students oppose school uniforms.
Through this process I’ve learned that using facts and valid sources is the most important things to use when making a good argument. In future arguments I will remember to make sure I use facts and solid evidence.
The article that I chose to analyze was one about religion and school. The article was about introducing religion back into the classroom, and also about why it would be good to keep it out. Since both sides of this topic have already been addressed I am going to choose the side that I believe is right. I personally believe that religion should be reintroduced back into the classroom. I think that it is very important for students (even if they do not believe in a religion) to learn about different religions. Honestly for this topic it is pretty hard to build a logical standpoint because the topic itself is based completely around non factual ideas. The only logical point I can think of is the fact that almost all of history has happened because of religion. Almost every war ever fought has been based on religion and the wars that are fought today are based on religion. On an emotional standpoint it would clear up a lot of ignorance in our world today. Many Americans in today’s society have a basic idea but are not educated in their religion or others. Now obviously if they wanted to learn about their religion they could just attend church or a privately run religious school, but not everyone has access to that. They would not have to do that if public schools were willing to start a new class dedicated to the teaching of religions. It would also bring a lot of joy to people who really want to and enjoy studying religions without it being biased. This is the perfect topic to talk about ethically because religion is pretty much completely based around ethics. I think if public schools had a class that taught about religion most students would be able to understand all the different parts of religion that tie into ethics. An example would be how since the radical Islams are doing bad stuff, their are some students who believe that all Muslims are bad and should not be allowed into our country. This ties back into the idea of helping with ignorance as well.
My topic for the debate happened to be the school uniforms controversy. The position I received for the topic was the con side, which is against wearing school uniforms. The pro side would then be for wearing school uniforms. My personal position on this topic is being against wearing school uniforms. I think that wearing school uniforms would put an end to a lot of the individualism and diversification that makes America great. It puts yet another limit on the student’s choice in this already limiting society. I don’t know a whole lot about the topic without searching it on google but I know the basics about it. Obviously I know that there are plenty of schools that utilize school uniforms, and that some schools believe it helps improve students grades. I also think some schools believe that some schools think it will help some students with bullying but there is no proof of that being the case. Students who get bullied because of the clothes they wear will probably get bullied regardless of whether or not they are wearing a school uniform. A quick google search of “School Uniforms Debate” will bring up a bunch of pages of pros and cons listed for have school uniforms. From a logical standpoint the school uniform would wreak havoc on the students or parents bank account. The back to school shopping is a time that all parents dread because it usually means spending tons of money on new clothes, but if students could wear uniforms that wouldn’t happen. Right? Of course it would, school uniforms usually cost anywhere from one hundred dollars to two hundred dollars. One of the biggest ethical issues with school uniforms is religion. Some students won’t be able to wear the uniform because it might clash with the clothing that they are supposed to wear for their religion. A big emotion that ties in with the school uniform policies is anger. There is always students who deliberately disregard the policy and continue to wear what they want anyways.