Rhetorical Analysis: 18, That's My Number By Edward Seaga

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FOUN1019 Passage for Summary/Response & Rhetorical Analysis 82:18, that's my number! (by Edward Seaga, published in the Sunday Gleaner | September 30, 2007) Looking out of any window or walking in any part of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, it is readily noticeable that there are many more female than male students. In fact, the latest figures reveal the exact ratio: 82 per cent female, 18 per cent male, which, I believe, is the widest gap ever. In a university with four girls to every boy, it would seem that boys would do anything possible to be enrolled there. But that is not the case. It is not for the lack of desire on the part of boys to gain entry; it is merely because they lack the qualifications for admission.…show more content…
Males fail to adapt to this regime. The cultural approach of the two sexes is different. Professor Barry Chevannes thinks there is a perception among males that academics is 'girl stuff'. The more positive response from girls also tends to encourage more courses to be offered which are attractive to females, leaving less options for males to find areas that they can be passionate about. Elements of the reality - There are elements of the reality in all of these views but the issue is far more complex and deserves a serious insightful study. What role does poverty play? Does an educated home environment encourage males to be academically trained? Is the single mother household a motivational force for daughters to seek higher education? The questions are endless. But what turns on this sizeable imbalance in the educated class? Here is where the importance of a deeper understanding becomes critical to the social development of the…show more content…
Is this mismatch leading to 'marrying down', creating partnerships where the much brighter female has to tolerate the far less educated male? Is this relevant to the stability of the union? Are the children of such unions at risk in unstable settings? One option - The single mother is an option for such women who may feel that in the absence of a suitable partner for an endearing union, the best choice is to find a suitable male 'stud' to father her child and then proceed to pursue her career as a single mother. If the excessively educated female population is going this route, single motherhood as a deliberate choice, what will be the impact on the development of the family unit? Already with nearly 50 per cent of Jamaican households falling in this category, is it a positive prospect for the social development of the society to passively observe the growth of single motherhood? If not, what can be done to provide the proper balance between educated males and females which is more conducive to creating family stability? One solution is to maximise the training of women in specific areas for which there is a great demand in industrial countries: teachers and nurses. The excess will migrate to find their educated partners rather than seek inferior options at

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