Rebuttal Essay to Carl Singleton's "What Our Education System Needs Is More F's"
He claims what we need more is more F's. Singleton believes F's would virtually overnight save our education system. Will more F's save the American education system? The idea of throwing out F's by the millions may sound harsh, but Singleton claims by doing so it would elevate the educational problems we face today.
Will this cycle ever come to an end? Singleton claims yes, if we start handing out F’s left and right, it will force students to buckle down and learn the material. Singleton uses two distinct strategies to support his argument. His first is his analogy of Gov. Lester Maddox’s famous quote about the prison system: “We’ll get a better grade of prisons when we get a better grade of prisoners.” By using this analogy, he is saying that schools will not be better until the students are better, which helps to support his point about the way the fix the education system is to fix the students by giving them F’s when they deserve them. Students who are given F’s will naturally want to improve, will become better students, and by doing so will improve the schools. It is interesting that Singleton says that he is “tempted to make an analogy,” then includes the analogy, then says, “but I shall refrain.”