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  1. Sup friends! Has anyone got the acceptance from UT Austin? Got my interview three weeks ago, but I still did not get anything. UIC sent me an admission recommentation from the department two weeks ago. However they told, that the office of admissions & records would confirm my admission by a separate email. Is it normal, that the official confirmation comes in a weeks? April is coming, I'm a little worried.
  2. The following is a memorandum from the business manager of a television station. "Over the past year, our late-night news program has devoted increased time to national news and less time to weather and local news. During this period, most of the complaints received from viewers were concerned with our station's coverage of weather and local news. In addition, local businesses that used to advertise during our late-night news program have canceled their advertising contracts with us. Therefore, in order to attract more viewers to our news programs and to avoid losing any further advertising revenues, we should expand our coverage of weather and local news on all our news programs." Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted. Since the main claim to the TV station management consisted in decreased time, which was devoted to local news and weather, it is logical, at first site, that the manager suggested to expand the part of weather and local news in order to increase the number of viewers and suchwise to avoid losing any further revenues from advertising, because the advertisers would readily collaborate with the stations with large audience. However, this message from the manager contains several logical inaccuracies and fails in explaining a number of nuances.First of all, the author of a memorandum didn't betray the exact content of the viewers' complaints. Whether all the complaints from viewers were devoted to the late-night news programs only? Or there were a number of ones, which were concerned, for example, morning news.Furthermore, the author didn't tell us about the main reasons of complaints. What were they consist in? This text claims, that the viewers were not satisfied with the "coverage of weather and local news" without any details. Whether they found that coverage scarce or overabundant? Or maybe they were not satisfied with the local news content, not the duration. Based on this, we cannot connect the reason, why the viewers sent the complaints, with the fact of distributing the time within late-night news program. Another lapse consists in explanation, what is the real reason of cancelling the advertising contracts? There is a probability, that the advertisers just couldn't continue paying for advertising because of rising charges or they planned to move their advertising to another channel or media, because they were not satisfied with efficiency of advertising by this station. Anyway, we didn't reveal the exact reasons of cancelling the contracts and ways how we can connect it with the necessity of increasing the time for weather and local news.Finally, in the end of his memorandum the author didn't place the emphasis on what kind of news (morning, daily or late-night) they should to recast "in order to attract more viewers to the program and to avoid losing any further advertising revenues". Therefore, the conclusion of his memorandum looks detached from the rest of his message.To sum up it's worth saying, that on closer examination of this memorandum a number of inaccuracies can be revealed, which make this message look incoherently. This clearly indicates the necessity of revision of the text in order to be more logically completed and not to cause so many questions.
  3. "A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position." The statement concerned means creating and applying a kind of universal and comprehensive program in order to provide all the pupils to study the same set of subjects and disciplines at about the same level. Although one can say that multipurpose curriculum may give a lift for the students to master a broad spectrum of skills and to learn a lot of lore, it's not without problems. First and foremost one should accept that a universal program offers one and the same set of subjects while it does not take into account either abilities or interests of the students. It may be boring for the gifted children to study, for example, chemistry or math at the level, which has moderate difficulty for common pupils. And vice versa - lagging ones can not cope with such kind of workload. So this apporach will cause an inevitable gap between talented students and lagging ones and will force the teacher to waste more time to help the latter, making the gifted ones to get bored more and more. So this is an inefficient use of time. Futhermore, the students trained with such kind of curriculum master skills of writing, calculation and some fragmentary knowledges in a number of fields by the time of graduatuion. But this "knowledges" fill the heads like old things fill an attic. It is ubiquitously distributed, that people with so-called "crossword erudition" can not apply their spectrum of lores on practice, because they spend so much time to learn something new in prejudice to master how to use this "something new". Finally one should consider, that in order to enter any of prestigious university, students are to create their own schedule with subjects needed. How it can be possible, if everyone must study only one curriculum? This automatically leads to the necessity of expanding the schedule and taking more and more time for studying and exhaustes the studends a lot. To sum up it is worth saying that only the curriculum, which as much as possible takes into account abilities, possibilities and interests of a specific student, can help him develop his strengths and decide on the future.
  4. Hello there! It's my first try in GRE essay. I've tried to make the conditions as on the real exam - 30 mins timer, no dictionaries etc. Please, help me inrpove my writing skills. Thanks in advance Topic: Some people believe that government funding of the arts is necessary to ensure that the arts can flourish and be available to all people. Others believe that government funding of the arts threatens the integrity of the arts. Answer: Arts can be compared with an eagle flying high in the sky. One can look at it, adore it, but if you try to catch and captive that proud bird for your own entertainment, prepare for being injured by its sharp claws. Or, on the other hand, one’s doings may turn that beautiful and majestic creature to a plain little bird. I do not welcome government funding of the arts. Unfortunately, the governments of numerous countries don’t disdain to use their political resourses in order to make Ministries of Culture develop and produce more and more a kind of “customized” art production with a straight and obvious touch of feigned patriotism. In such conditions we can observe the alteration of arts from something beautiful and amazing, inspiring and carrying inspiration, into forceful and mighty propaganda tool, which strongly affects immature minds. Without act of creation, without that spark, which a creator puts into his opus in hope of conveying his thoughts and striking a chord in the hearts of his spectators to make them a bit better, than yesterday, «arts» becomes an assembly line for hollow, blank, stupefying ersatzes. One generation, raised on such king of “arts”, is enough for losing the ability to create the beautiful and to descry the beautiful around us.
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