“Why students should be allowed to eat in class” Analysis

 “Why students should be allowed to eat in class” Analysis

The article I read was titled “Why students should be allowed to eat in class” written by Michael Murray. I found this article by searching a topic that could be argued about; in this case it was whether students should be allowed to eat in class.  He uses Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Ad Hominem throughout the article to argue his opinion.

To summarize my article; students are under a lot of physical and mental pressure in the classroom and while doing extracurricular activities. According to Murray’s research on the topic of how often a healthy body should  eat, a person should eat and or graze about five to seven times per day to stay focused and hydrated. Students should not have to stuff their face with food at while at their locker or only be allowed to visit the water fountain in between classes. This article was written with a lot of emotion so I do not feel the author is very credible.

The author instantly started using Pathos. According to http://courses.durhamtech.edu/perkins/aris.html Pathos is described as the emotional or motivational appeals; vivid language, emotional language and numerous sensory details. In the first paragraph he states “ Students today experience a world of greater pressure than ever before. Academic standards and expectations have never been higher. Teachers are more demanding, especially since they are rated on how well their students perform.” The author is sympathizing with the students by explaining that they are pressured to work harder academically.  

Murray brings up his next point about how students are involved in extracurricular activities where coaches and club advisors can be demanding. Included in that paragraph he states “In order to keep up the pace, and be in top mental and physical condition, students constantly need to keep their bodies fueled, making proper nutrition and hydration a must.” His statement is an appeal to logos because Any person would need the physical capability to juggle all of these activities.. According to http://courses.durhamtech.edu/perkins/aris.html logos is the logic used to support a claim (induction and deduction); can also be the facts and statistics used to help support the argument. Another appeal to logos can be found as the author mentions that students need to eat more throughout the day and more often. “When you think of it that way, it is obvious that students need to eat more often during the school day than just lunchtime. Even if they eat breakfast, waiting for lunch is not good enough. Sometimes lunch doesn’t come for four to five hours after breakfast, and that is too long to wait. Unfortunately, some students skip breakfast all together and this is a huge mistake. To be at their best, students cannot skip meals. They need something healthy to eat mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and mid-evening, with constant hydration.” Although this is very ideal, it is not realistic that the student will eat this many times a day, especially while in school.  Instruction will have to resume at a certain point and the student cannot interrupt the class with a mid-morning snack.  Furthermore, allergies have to be taken into consideration and the student is going to constantly get up to either throw away trash or use the restroom.  Plus, with an entire class eating, they’ll be focused on their food and not their schoolwork.

Also included in that paragraph is the Ad Hominem fallacy when the author states: “Is this being considered by teachers, coaches, advisers, parents and students themselves? Are we making this a priority?” Setting up parents, teachers, etc. to be blamed as they are not mindful of the child’s diet.

All in all this article has some credibility but with all the emotion embedded it does lose some of it.



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