abdkh93 Posted October 1, 2016 Share Posted October 1, 2016 (edited) Hi, If someone would be kind enough to read the two argument essays provided below and give a score out of six. This way I can see where I am standing as far as the AWA is concerned. Thanks, Abdullah Argument 1 The following appeared in a memo from the director of student housing at Buckingham College. "To serve the housing needs of our students, Buckingham College should build a number of new dormitories. Buckingham's enrollment is growing and, based on current trends, will double over the next 50 years, thus making existing dormitory space inadequate. Moreover, the average rent for an apartment in our town has risen in recent years. Consequently, students will find it increasingly difficult to afford off-campus housing. Finally, attractive new dormitories would make prospective students more likely to enroll at Buckingham." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Response The piece of memo provided lacks evidence in terms of the housing needs of the students of Buckingham College. First and foremost, more light needs to be shed upon these housing needs. For example the needs might be of provision of food which would be related to the college mess rather than the dormitories. It could also be that students require more bathrooms due to the excessive sharing and in-availability due to their large population. Secondly, there is no guarantee that the enrollment of the college will double over the next 50 years and there are countless reasons. For instance a college opens up in the near future and the intake of students increases there meaning the enrollment of the Buckingham college would face a severe jolt by the hands of the new competitor. Another possibility could be of students opting to study out of town due to fact that the quality of education has drastically increased elsewhere as compared to Buckingham college. The construction of new dormitories does not guarantee the increased enrollment of prospective students to the college. One reason could be that the college increases the housing fees for the students in order to sustain the added expenses of the new dormitories. Also due to the fact that the provision of new dormitories might lead to the need of more classrooms and a larger teaching faculty due to the expected increase in the number of students. This in turn would make the parents of the prospective students have second thoughts. Thus, the enrollment of students is not directly linked to the quantity of dormitories and the argument fails to analyze and point out other, possibly more contributing factors. Argument 2 The following appeared in an article written by Dr. Karp, an anthropologist. "Twenty years ago, Dr. Field, a noted anthropologist, visited the island of Tertia and concluded from his observations that children in Tertia were reared by an entire village rather than by their own biological parents. However, my recent interviews with children living in the group of islands that includes Tertia show that these children spend much more time talking about their biological parents than about other adults in the village. This research of mine proves that Dr. Field's conclusion about Tertian village culture is invalid and thus that the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid as well. The interview-centered method that my team of graduate students is currently using in Tertia will establish a much more accurate understanding of child-rearing traditions there and in other island cultures." Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Response The account of Dr. Karp fails to justify the fact that Dr. Field carried out his work 20 years ago during which the upbringing of the children in Tertia islands might have changed drastically. May be twenty years ago, children were acutally brought up by the the entire village due to the fact that the parents were busy in social work. Gradually as time passed, the biological parents realised that they must give more time to their children and thus changed their habits. Also the children of Tertia talking more of their biological parents does not imply that they were neccessarily brought up by them. It could also be that they were taken care of at a very young age by the villagers and as they grew up, their biological parents started spending more time with them so they could recall them and recognize their status in their early lives. Lastly the interview-centered method of understanding child-rearing traditions faces many questions. Firstly, how many of the total population of Tertian children were interviewed. Secondly, how many of the children were mature enough to give accurate accounts of their childhood and biological parents. Lastly, if true, how does the multiple accounts of the biological parents by the Tertian children provide evidence as to who they were actually raised by. There could be a possibility that the villagers who reared them constantly mentioned their biological parents to them from an early age to make them more familiar to them once they become mature and are eventually reunited wth them in the future. Therefore all missing evidence provided above clearly weakens the argument provided above. Edited October 1, 2016 by abdkh93 None Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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