“A Liberating Curriculum” By Roberta F. Borkat
From a readers point-of-view
In “A Liberating Curriculum,” by Roberta Borkat, Borkat uses a sarcastic approach to get her lethargic students to realize the effect they are having on the educational system. Borkat in return offers an idea to give all her students an ‘A’ in all their classes after the second week of school. Borkat became disgusted when she had a student become livid with her because he plagiarized his paper from a well-known essay in the Literature world. She even had a few students with extenuating circumstances, not do so well on assignments and exams but still wanted a passing grade, even though, they did not put in the time or effort and did not show up for most of her sessions. Borkat hopes that in giving everyone a passing grade students will hopefully become more relaxed, and both the students and teachers will be able to do the things they love the most with their time. Borkat believes that by focusing on the negative aspects that teachers are being faced with on a daily basis, will expectantly open her students and readers eyes to the ignorance that teachers must repeatedly put up with. Roberta Borkat utilizes ethos in several ways. Borkat tells her prospective readers about how she has been dedicated in the field of education for over twenty years. When Borkat claims, “laboring as a university professor for more than 20 years under a misguided theory of teaching,” verify that her experience as a university professor gives her the qualities to recognize when there is a problem that needs to be faced. Readers may acknowledge the fact that Borkat has been truly dedicated in this field long enough to point out several problems wrong with the educational system today. Borkat states, “I threw away numerous hours annually on trivia: . . . grading and explaining examinations; . . . holding private conferences with students; reading countless books; buying extra materials . . . endlessly worrying...
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