Is this argumentative essay topic too personal?I'd like to use my daughter's preschool as my argumentative topic but am feeling that it might be a little "well that's how I feel?" From what I have...

Is this argumentative essay topic too personal?

I'd like to use my daughter's preschool as my argumentative topic but am feeling that it might be a little "well that's how I feel?"

From what I have witnessed, her class tends to get ignored or given the bare bones of child care.  I send her to school to get educated, not baby sat.  Numerous teacher aides and directors have left over 2 years and it just seems to be a stark contrast to what their website's mission states.

I've thought about "is the government doing enough for ECE?" or the necessity of ECE, but I would really like to put a personal spin on it. 

I was planning on composing a letter of complaint to the proper authorities and when I discovered a class argumentative assignment, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.

I guess I'm asking for an opinion:  Should I stick with my idea or look for another?

Thanks! 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Peronal anecdotes are fine in essays.  In fact, they can make them stronger.  This topic is meaningful to you.  So you can write a strong essay on it.  My advice is to focus on the facts, so that you don't get too carried away with compaints and emotions.  That is where you lose power.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you decide/ have decided to go with the preschool/ ECE topic, might I suggest an introduction or a conclusion with your own experiences of the preschool.  Especially as a conclusion, the previous posts are accurate in that anecdotal evidence can be persuasive if it is framed in such a manner.  Concluding your paper with this personalized narrative is very strong and can galvanize the reader into action.  If you are/ have decided to go with this, I could consider an opening or a closing with this personalized take on the topic.  Certainly, credibility would be enhanced.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Writing an argumentative essay when you feel passionately strong about the topic can be difficult. An excellent argument takes into account the other side's position. When it is your child who is the subject of the issue, it may be impossible to be objective. Nonetheless, I like the idea of "killing two birds with one stone."

I do agree with mshurn's suggestion to incorporate your daughter's preschool story as an anecdote to support your topic in the essay. It can then be moved to center stage in the letter of complaint.

Good luck with your assignment, and better luck with your daughter's school!

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Here is what I would suggest. Broaden your topic by taking a position in regard to some aspect of ECE. Since anecdote is an excellent persuasive technique, you could then incorporate a short story about your daughter's preschool class to illustrate a point you are making within your essay as a whole. You could choose to identify the preschool class as your daughter's, or you could identify it in general terms. Your choice might be determined by your audience and the guidelines for the assignment. Personal experience can be very effective in persuasive writing. Good luck with your essay!

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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If you are able to make the people who run the school listen to you and act positively to improve the condition, then the best way is to take up the issue directly with them. This need not take up the form of hostile confrontation. Presenting your viewpoint in a firm but curt way is likely to be more effective.

However, if direct talks are  not effective than indirect method like the one you are contemplating is likely to be even less effective.

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