Marry Sherry uses personal experiences and use statistics in her writing. I think she does this to bring her argument into prospective. She does not want these children to be failures. She diffidently does not want her own child to fail but he is. She give many examples of that in this essay. Marry Sherry writes “Our son was a high-school senior when he had her for English. "He sits in the back of the room talking to his friends," she told me. "Why don't you move him to the front row?" I urged, believing the embarrassment would get him to settle down. Mrs. Stifter looked at me steely-eyed over her glasses."I don't move seniors," she said. "I flunk them." I was flustered. “
I think she uses her own personal life with this paper to make her evidence believable. Marry Sherry gives a good example of her own child struggling in school, but then she leads us back on track by failure. For example, Marry Sherry states that, “Our youngest….did little to develop his intellectual talents but always got by.