Now a days there’s a lot of pressure for high school graduates to further their education by attending college. Hard evidence states that more high school graduates attend college immediately after graduation compared to any other generation. However, college may seem more of a challenge to some rather than others whom may “need” vocational school. Getting an education is important but some say college isn’t for everyone. In the article “What’s Wrong with Vocational School?” Charles Murray says that not every student is mentally suitable for college and vocational school would prepare them for the vigorous academic demands that come along with college. To critically analyze if this argument is effective in it’s ways, there are parts that one would have to look into and compare to opposing essays to expose weaknesses and strengths in his argument. In a Critical analyzer’s view, one would want to look to see if the writer backed up their statements with evidence in order to persuade the target audience. Analyses also call for doing background research of the author, which could sway the reader to believe some aspects of the argument and doubt others. Overall, the job of a Critical/Analytical Reader is to look at the logical fallacies and strong points the author make to conclude weather an argument is doing what the author ultimately wants, persuading there target audience. When it comes to “What’s Wrong with Vocational School,” Charles Murray’s argument could seem effective in the ways of persuading an audience that is on his side. However, he may not effectively be persuading a neutral audience or catching the attention of opposing audience because he doesn’t back up his strong opinions with facts, evidence, or statements from outside sources. Murray’s transparent opinions and strong sense of diction shows the majority of the audience he is trying to persuade. Murray says, “a four-year college teaches advanced analytic skill
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