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AP ENG LANG Tough Synth Essay

JobbinJobbin Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap09_frq_english_language_formb.pdf

I love the topic, but I can't seem to come up with a final response without writing a million pages about both sides after re-organizing our whole education system. The 8 example essay I don't think is very good or helpful, so what would you guys put?

What I'm thinking...

Individualism:
Pros
-Gives a chance for students to choose areas of interest and thrive. Kids are free (i.e., democracy)
-Eliminates strict school policies.
Cons
-Ppl who aren't motivated won't succeed, and won't have required citizen knowledge, often this is result of lack of parent encouragement so not kid's fault (or necessarily parent's fault, i.e., if they work a lot).
-For me, at least, I sometimes find it difficult to stay focused when there isn't any pressing deadlines or w/e (during winter break).
-Ppl are too young to make decisions, ex for classes, b/c they don't have clear idea of interests. And that's what college is for.

Conformity:
Pros
-Eliminates cons of individualism, basically
-Produces at least somewhat adequate citizens, as the prompt says
-People can be social. If everyone takes different classes at different times, and w/ different schedules, people are isolated from others.
-Already have teachers n system pretty much in place.
Cons
-Suppresses advanced students if system isn't well-layed out and flexible.
-Makes potentially great students in one area take classes that are useless and waste of time (art, lol).
-No variety

Had some others, but forgot. Anyways, so what would you guys write about (maybe give a short outline?)?
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Replies to: AP ENG LANG Tough Synth Essay

  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Posts: 2,741Registered User Senior Member
    My position would be: For centuries, schools have done nothing to foster individuality and they have impose conformity upon the young schoolchildren.

    Introduction
    -Thesis (see above)

    Paragraph 1: Schools impose the same learning standards.
    -Source C
    -Source F


    Paragraph 2: explains that school is a factory system, an example of conformity
    -Document B
    -Document E
    -Document G

    Paragraph 3: without school, individuality can foster.
    -Document A

    Conclusion

    As long as my argument is cogent and I display strong control of language, I can achieve an 8 or 9.
  • JobbinJobbin Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
    That seems like a pretty solid layout, but the prompt is to what extent should schools foster individuality and conformity, not what they are doing now and have in the past. What I'm leaning towards:

    Intro: Should limit individuality for 3 reasons.
    Body 1: Kids aren't yet ready to make these decisions.
    Body 2: No motivation, won't "help create good citizens."
    Body 3: Socializing good and necessary at young age.
    Conclusion: Counterargument, & restate thesis.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Posts: 2,741Registered User Senior Member
    Hmmm. The 8 essay didn't seem to follow the prompt though.

    I believe yours is a good format.
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