Always Keep the Audience in Mind!
Any class that we go to in college will have at least four audiences. I used to think that there were mainly two audiences in classes, the instructor and the scholars. On Friday’s class, I have learned that there are actually two more audiences that come into play.
Each of these audiences have different priorities and it raises a question, whose priorities are more important? This is hard question to answer because many people have different thoughts and opinions about this subject. I don’t really think I can answer the question myself. It requires tons of research gathering and studying that I sadly have no time for.
However, lets go over what priorities these four audience have.
Should we really measure one’s value by their grades?
The administration of FLC wants instructors use Canvas to show their scholar’s weekly progress in the courses. Higher education is a business for them so they need measurable pieces of data from the instructors. Higher GPA’s means possibilities of more money given to the school by new students. Most graduating high school students want to come to a college that has students with high GPA’s.
As much as people want to believe in The Beatle’s philosophy of “All You Need is Love,” we live in a world where we need money to sustain businesses and our own personal lives. As Patrick said, when it comes to business, keeping everyone happy is important but money and profit have to come first.
I do have to ask though is that should we really judge someone based on the grades they got in college? Sometimes life gets in the way of learning and education. Goodness knows how many semesters I’ve had to skip because I needed to work more and provide for my family. It makes me wonder if the administration ever takes that those factors into account.
Trying to find that balance.
Most scholars often find themselves balancing their priorities for family, friends, work, partying, free-time and self care along with passing classes in school. We’re people, we got lives to life and bills to pay. Sometimes, we just to have to put off school to take care of ourselves and our friends and family.
Making a good and convincing argument.
The writing program wishes for scholars to engage with their works and learn the ability to make good arguments. We argue almost all the time, even if we’re unaware of it. Don’t most of us have inner debates about whether we should go to class the next day or not?
The Toulmin Method really provides helpful steps in making a great argument.
- Make a claim
- Find Evidence
- Make sure the evidence warrants your claim
- Bring up counter arguments and rebuttals of original claim
- Have these rebuttals either strengthen your argument or be prepared that it may weaken it
Personal Responsibility is a must!
Bill Mangrum’s priorities for this course are for scholars to have self initiative, personal responsibility and to have the ability to self assess themselves. Personal responsibility is incredibly important to me because we all need to be responsible for ourselves as adults. When I go to work at Wal*Mart, I need to be responsible for my own work and make sure it gets done. If I can’t finish it, then I need to inform my own manager that I was unable to finish the work. That’s how you be a good honest worker when you have a job. If I don’t tell my manager anything then I’ll get in trouble for lack of communication. This is why the instructor wants us to communicate with him if we are unable to finish work for the blog or attend a meeting.
It’s hard for Bill’s priorities to intersect with the administration’s priorities because as Jared said on Friday’s meeting, you can’t put everything into numbers. Bill is an understanding instructor that knows that most of us have jobs and family to take care of outside of school. I personally didn’t have time to do this assignment over the weekend because I was busy with work and over school assignments.
Now with all that in mind, I’m going to end this post with a list of my own priorities in case anyone wanted to know about them.
- Physical and Mental Health
- Paying Bills