The following appeared as part of the Dean’s newsletter:
"The University of Wabash is considering a community service requirement for all undergraduate and graduate students. We believe that the objective of any university is to produce well-rounded and charitable members of society. The proposed graduation requirement would be to complete at least 8 hours of unpaid community service per month for a total of 9 months. The Dean’s office will maintain a list of approved local charities on its website with contact information. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to give back to the community and gain real-world working experience. Most importantly, local charities in need will receive the help that they need to continue their efforts."
Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.
The following argument is flawed for the following reasons. Primarily, the argument is based on the unwarranted assumption that by introducing community service as a requirement to undergradguate and gradguate students they will become well-rounded and charitable members of society.
The argument fails to provide justification for the manner in which community service will impact students and casue them to become better human beings. The students may be participating in community service only to fulfill the university requirement. In such a case, the activity is not imparting them with any values as it is being done with the ulterior motive of fulfilling the graduate requirement. This renders the entire point of community service null and void. Had the argument specified how community service would impact a college student and transform them into a well-rounded human being, even then it would have to further prove that the student is not participating in the activity in order to meet the university reuirements.
The argument also leaves many unwarranted questions. Community service only impacts you, when it is done with the right intentions. We must help people, because we want to make a difference. Having to do it just to meet the university requirements takes out the essence of the activity itself. The minimum time requirements further attenuate one's motivation to do community service. This requirement is absolutely absurd as the argument does not justify how this particular trime frame of community service can produce a well-rounded and charitable individual. The time requirments will cause students to participate in the activity as a perfunctory task thereby rendering the whole idea behind doing the task useless.
Finally, the argument claims without warrant that loacal charities in need will recieve the help that they need to continue their efforts. Since all the students will do community service just to meet the university requirements, they won't take that extra step to really make a difference. For one, the students may just spend time at community service until the time requirement is satisfied and not actually contribute in their time spent there.
Because the argument makes several unwarranted questions, it fails to make a convincing case that, by introducing community service as a requirement for all undergraduate and graduate students the university can produce well-rounded and charitable members of society and local charities in need will receive the help that they need to continue their efforts.
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
actually, also, but, finally, if, may, really, so, then, well
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 11.0 19.6327345309 56% => More to be verbs wanted.
Auxiliary verbs: 17.0 12.9520958084 131% => OK
Conjunction : 10.0 11.1786427146 89% => OK
Relative clauses : 9.0 13.6137724551 66% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 29.0 28.8173652695 101% => OK
Preposition: 44.0 55.5748502994 79% => OK
Nominalization: 20.0 16.3942115768 122% => OK
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2169.0 2260.96107784 96% => OK
No of words: 399.0 441.139720559 90% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.43609022556 5.12650576532 106% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.46933824581 4.56307096286 98% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.02016347711 2.78398813304 108% => OK
Unique words: 181.0 204.123752495 89% => More unique words wanted.
Unique words percentage: 0.453634085213 0.468620217663 97% => OK
syllable_count: 701.1 705.55239521 99% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.8 1.59920159681 113% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 5.0 4.96107784431 101% => OK
Article: 10.0 8.76447105788 114% => OK
Subordination: 4.0 2.70958083832 148% => OK
Conjunction: 0.0 1.67365269461 0% => OK
Preposition: 3.0 4.22255489022 71% => OK
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 18.0 19.7664670659 91% => OK
Sentence length: 22.0 22.8473053892 96% => OK
Sentence length SD: 78.3417647157 57.8364921388 135% => OK
Chars per sentence: 120.5 119.503703932 101% => OK
Words per sentence: 22.1666666667 23.324526521 95% => OK
Discourse Markers: 3.38888888889 5.70786347227 59% => More transition words/phrases wanted.
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.15768463074 97% => OK
Language errors: 3.0 5.25449101796 57% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 9.0 8.20758483034 110% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 5.0 6.88822355289 73% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 4.0 4.67664670659 86% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.311991013397 0.218282227539 143% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.101691606548 0.0743258471296 137% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0618237509304 0.0701772020484 88% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.195395628098 0.128457276422 152% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0334696448464 0.0628817314937 53% => OK
automated_readability_index: 15.3 14.3799401198 106% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 32.22 48.3550499002 67% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 7.1628742515 156% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 14.2 12.197005988 116% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 14.27 12.5979740519 113% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.13 8.32208582834 98% => OK
difficult_words: 86.0 98.500998004 87% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 13.0 12.3882235529 105% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.8 11.1389221557 97% => OK
text_standard: 15.0 11.9071856287 126% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
Note: the e-grader does NOT examine the meaning of words and ideas. VIP users will receive further evaluations by advanced module of e-grader and human graders.
Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: 4.0 out of 6
Category: Good Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 4 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 13 2
No. of Sentences: 18 15
No. of Words: 400 350
No. of Characters: 2129 1500
No. of Different Words: 179 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.472 4.7
Average Word Length: 5.322 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.959 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 158 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 138 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 96 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 71 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 22.222 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 11.952 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.333 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.349 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.534 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.121 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 5 5