Finan and Freeland Discussion Board

Now that we’ve read and annotated two articles, it’s time to start to form our own ideas on the issue of free community college tuition.

Please respond to all of the following questions by posting directly into the discussion board (do not upload an attachment).

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  1. What is Finan’s (Links to an external site.) argument? How does he define the purpose of general education (also referred to as liberal studies)?
  2. What is Freeland’s (Links to an external site.) argument? How does he define the purpose of general education (also referred to as liberal studies)?
  3. Both Finan and Freeland address the importance of technical or vocational skills alongside the critical inquiry of general education. Do you think our current system (i.e. the courses you are taking at DVC and the rationale behind these courses as defined in their Philosophy Statement (Links to an external site.)) successfully fulfills both of these purposes? Why or why not?
  4. Pose some further questions for your group members to consider. What are other issues you feel should be a part of this conversation? Did you find any part of the articles confusing and would appreciate some clarification?

**Note: You must post your initial response before seeing any of your classmates’ posts.**

Posting Requirements (Due 9/2 11:59pm):

  • Your post must be 300+ words and answer all questions listed above
  • You must cite both articles– refer to both authors by name, integrate some kind of citation (either a direct quote or a paraphrase)
  • You should not summarize the articles; instead focus on analyzing and responding to them.
  • Discussion Board Rubric:
    • 9-10 pts: Expresses a clear and thoughtful position on the issue of general education. Directly references both articles and cites them directly. Provides clear and detailed analysis of the articles, showing how both authors agree/disagree and how their own ideas fit within the context of the articles. Peer response is generous and follows all criteria.
    • 7-8 pts: Expresses a position on the issue of general education, but needs more detailed language and analysis. References authors by name but does not deeply analyze– provides too much summary. Peer reply is complete.
    • 5-6 pts: Language is vague and does not establish a clear position on the issue. Does not refer to either author, or only references them vaguely. Very limited analysis of the articles and/or issue. Peer reply is complete but lacks substance.
    • 4 pts or under: Post is incomplete and does not meet criteria– missing a major component of the assignment. No peer response is provided.

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