What are some appeals to logos in Francine Prose's essay, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read"?

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In setting up the premise of her essay—that today’s high school English classes are largely flawed in both material and teaching method—Prose aims to connect these two issues to her conclusion that these practices are damaging to students’ understanding and appreciation of literature.

To make clear how damaging this practice is, she sets up an attempt at appeal through logic and reason (logos) at the end of the essay’s very first paragraph. Interestingly, there are, in fact, holes in her logic.

Prose states, “Traditionally, the love of reading has been born and nurtured in high school English class—the last time many students will find themselves in a roomful of people who have all read the same text and are, in theory, prepared to discuss it.” She tries to raise the stakes here of the importance of proper English class teaching in high school; however, her claim that high school is the “last time many students will find themselves in a roomful of people who have all...

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