Rhetorical Analysis of Charles Murray

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Rhetorical Analysis Are too many people going to college? This question has been contemplated over for years. The increased cost of college throughout the years has caused the question to become even more relevant. Charles Murray, an author from the American Enterprise Institute, wrote the essay entitled “Are Too Many People Going to College?” Murray’s essay sought ought to explain that universities are being filled with students who are either not prepared for higher education or who are compelled into attending college and are unable to succeed because the lack of inherent abilities. While Murray makes many pertinent points about America’s infatuation with the B.A as a standard into a class of intellectual elite the essay does not take …show more content…

He puts in perspective that the acquiring of a college degree does not guarantee the rewards that is promised (Murray 233). He also gives an example of a student who is deciding on whether or not he should go to college for hotel management or if he should skip college and be an engineer. Murray compared his earnings throughout the years of going to college or being an engineer. The logical choice in the end was proven to be an engineer (Murray 234). He also claimed that attending a traditional brick-and-mortar university is becoming obsolete because of technological progress. This statement by Murray claims that the purpose of attending college is more of a nice to have rather than a must have that is indoctrinated to most students at a young age (Murray 232). Murray’s essay make many salient points that support his arguments. However, there are many fallacies that Murray engages in that negates other arguments he used to support his claim. Murray’s claim that students who does not have the capable abilities to enjoy learning and who also test low on the SAT should pursue vocational education, which would allow them to promptly enter the workforce, is a hasty generalization (Murray 226). This statement makes the presumption that students who do not possess the skills to enjoy college or have low test scores will not do well in college, and probably drop out of college. Also the thought that because those student who does not enjoy college would be less