I M Your Teacher Not Your Internet-Service Provider Ellen Laird Analysis

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Algebra, Spanish, World History, Chemistry, English Literature are just some of the myriad of dishes being served on online education buffets. Students are free to pile their plates high with the sciences, the arts, the languages, and countless other subjects due to the growing trend of distance learning courses offered through the Web. Teachers, however, are becoming more dissatisfied with distance learning methods and remain adamant about face to face courses; in response to the competition between online and face to face courses, discord has erupted among teachers and their students. Ellen Laird effectively compares and contrasts the two distinct teaching ideologies and their effects on students and on teachers; Laird accomplishes her analysis of…show more content…
At this time read the title of Laird’s essay, “I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Internet-Service Provider.” The atmosphere is full of thick, thunderous finger snaps and fast and furious finger wags. Throughout the development of the essay, Laird flares her acerbic diction at the audience to show the detriments of online education, often providing stories of students in her online class doing the unthinkable. Her diction, however, is not anomalous when compared to her choices in syntax. Laird’s most profound syntax choice is bolding the topic phrases of each point she wants to make in her assessment of teaching styles; she is able to break her essay into smaller arguments that the audience can more easily digest. Choosing to bold her topic sentences can also help a reader familiarize themselves with Laird’s analysis about the deplorable method of distance learning. Another important syntax choice she makes is separating her minuscule conclusion into its own paragraph and it thus allows Laird the opportunity to note that both strategies of learning offer their own rewards and challenges in their marriage of

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