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I am writing an argumentative persuasion essay on post secondary education. Can you...

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enchanted13 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2011 at 2:56 AM via web

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I am writing an argumentative persuasion essay on post secondary education. Can you help me narrow the topics I will talk about in my essay?

So far, I picked 2 subtopics. The first one is that you are able to save money and the 2nd is the benefits you get. For the benefits, I put you get abilities needed for a career (you become confident and knowledgeable and you are also advanced), you get more education, you meet new people and you finish college sooner. But can you help me think of a 3rd subtopic for my essay that I can talk about? These subtopics will be my body paragraphs in the essay, because you usually need 3 body paragraphs for it to be complete. Thanks in advance!

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 9, 2011 at 3:38 AM (Answer #1)

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How about the disadvantages of post-secondary education, from a religious standpoint?  I'm thinking of the secularization of higher education, with the driving force of Darwinism, for example, and the endistancing of faith from reason.  I live near a Mennonite community that only believes in education through the 12th grade, and from a religious standpoint their faith is wonderful, uncluttered by historical sources and false theologies.  Their "uneducation" keeps then whole and simple as a community, compared to my confused and obtuse beliefs (I am a retired college professor).

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 9, 2011 at 5:08 AM (Answer #2)

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When I think of post secondary education, I think about the benefits learning has to offer the human mind.  The human brain is stimulated by the learning process.  The more one uses the brain the better the brain works.  Secondary education also provides one with a different understanding of the world and how many issues interact with one another.  I recall taking art classes and wondering what psychology would have to do with them.  Later when I became a social worker, I used art in my therapy with patients.  Of course, when I changed roles and became a teacher, art once again emerged as welcome knowledge.

 People who have an education in general earn a much higher salary than those who do not.  Although today’s job market may not be offering the most advantageous exit from colleges in regard to moving instantly into a career, in the long run, the economy will recover and the diploma will again surface as a valuable need.

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