(3-4 page personal essay– research not required )
Here is where I want you to consider how what formed your opinion, the analysis of your own meta-cognition. What influenced your point of view and why won’t you change your mind?
Ruggerio Part 1 “What do we believe”? “How good are your opinions? ( Chapters 1-5)in Ruggerio vr ruggiero – beyond feelings 9th edition.pdf
TEXT “Allegory of the Cave” in World of Ideas A World of Ideas_ Essential Readings for College Writers 10th Edition.pdf
parable of the cave (Links to an external site.)
It’s useful to consider a topic that you have strong feelings about.
It’s a controversial issue where our logic is weakened–we have a hard time seeing the other side.
You may also write about a topic or controversial issue that you understand as complicated and that you have some ambivalence or hesitancy/uncertainty where you don’t feel like coming down on “one side or another”
Describe the issue/controversy how you understand it in two-three paragraphs and explain your opinion, briefly
Next consider the OVERALL influences in your life that has shaped/formed your opinion or questioning attitude:
The obvious notions you need to describe are related to your family/culture/religion and what you have been EXPOSED to in addition beyond your primal sources–
~media, travel, social and economic diversity
~personal reading and research/ attending school
~experiences beyond your family of origin
~specific “life-changing” events
The task here is not to convince readers of the correctness of your stance or point of view, but writing to carefully assess the formation of your own opinion regarding a particular topic– and coming to terms with your own process towards open-mindedness and critical thinking—or the lack thereof , in relation to this controversy.
Here’s a brainstorm of some obvious or current “push-button” issues ..and there are many more…. just suggestions…
Abortion / Women’s Reproductive Rights/ Women’s Right to Choose
Charter Schools /Public Funding for Public Education
Citizen-Voting Rights/ Voter Suppression
Gay Marriage//LBGTQ rights
Capital Punishment
Immigration reform/Border policies
Rise of White Supremacy
Domestic Violence
The Value of Cultural /Ethnic Diversity
Animal Cruelty
Lack of Social /Economic Mobility
Baby Circumcision
Child Pornography
Healthcare for All
Police Brutality/ Racism
Criminal Justice/ Mass Incarceration
Homelessness/ Housing Shortage
Opioid Epidemic
Gender Equity