Analysing Arguments: the following is a paragraph plan of the Exercise 4, on p. 17
Please write up the paragraph. Please see a list of metalanguage (analytical terms) that you can use.
Exercise 4, p. 17, Grads fail on emotional IQ
Author’s key arguments and reasons:
- Dr Krisanski’s main contention is that children are not prepared for the world of work because they lack emotional intelligence (Problem-solution style of argument.)
- Dr Krisanski criticises parents who thwart the development of a child’s emotional intelligence by pandering to their needs and whims.
- Dr Krisanski reasons that many parents lack the common sense to recognise that children should be given opportunities to demonstrate cooperation and interpersonal skills.
Identify the persuasive and reasoning strategies that are embedded (implied) in the main contention/key ideas:
- An attack: parents lack the common sense to recognise that children should be given opportunities to demonstrate co-operation and interpersonal skills.
- Persuasive strategies/appeals: appeal to leadership; duty of care; decency and common sense; “old fashioned” family values
- Other persuasive/reasoning strategies: Dr Krisanski relies on his professional experience (“during my consultations”) as a counsellor to attack/discredit parents and their parenting styles. (Attack). He criticises parents and suggests that their tendency to over-indulge children and treat them each in very specialist and individual ways is undermining/jeopardising their emotional maturity
Quotes: word-level analysis: “economy of plenty”; alliteration: “squash the squabbles”; parents “flip flop around” “narcissistic trend” (accusation of children’s mindset);
Metalanguage *: evidence; variety of appeals; alliteration; high-minded; accusatory; sarcastic tone; words related to fear and shaming tactics.
** Please note: you must use some metalanguage + purpose to avoid summarising the author’s views and to avoid technique-listing.
Big picture: Adopting a (tone words, pp. 80-82) an indignant tone (a sarcastic tone, high-minded tone), Dr Krisanski (what does the author say?) discredits/ admonishes parents who fail to nurture appropriate social and team building skills in their children. (Argument strategy: Author’s evidence/ observations) The author relies on his professional background and experience with teenagers and families to (what does he say?) reproach those parents who fail to nurture cooperation and team skills. (Appeals/common-sense and cause-and effect reasoning strategies): Pragmatically, he appeals to parents’ common sense by suggesting that children need to develop social skills and learn to share and negotiate from an early age. (Close analysis: comparative depictions) Specifically, Dr Krisanski depicts children as self indulgent and “narcissistic” to reinforce the view that (what is its purpose) children are ill-prepared for the world of work. The purpose of these professional observations is to elicit sympathy for the children who despite themselves lack appropriate social skills. Likewise, (key strategy: group together quotes/descriptions of the parents and explain their purpose) words such as “flip flop around” and “squash the squabbles” (purpose) are designed to shame those parents who pander to their children and alarm those who fear the consequences, especially among those parents whose children are “despondent” . The cynical (sarcastic) reference to (include quotes and close analysis) “god forbid” or “ common sense is uncommon these days” also depicts parents as irresponsible and short-sighted.
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