The Charter-School Crusader
Write a well-developed essay for me. You need to use this link for the article the essay is based on https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/success-academy-charter-schools-eva-moskowitz/546554/
The instructions are: In a 2018 Atlantic article “How High Schools Shaped American Cities,” Professor Amy Lueck traces the historical shift in the ways the United States thinks about public schooling. For over two hundred years, the prevailing value of public education was to foster a sense of community and shared an identity. Public schools contributed to their communities and to civic life more generally. Now, however, due in part to the quickly-growing number of charter schools, that prevailing value has changed. Charter schools are publicly-funded but privately-run schools that set their own agendas, choose their students rather than accepting all in a given area, and often provide fewer professional opportunities for teachers. Because they are private entities, charter schools need not have a particular investment in their communities or in civic life more generally. Lueck argues that schools should not be separated from the communities surrounding them and that there are grave consequences for doing so.
However, many people believe charter schools are highly successful and the key to large-scale school reform. The Atlantic article “The Charter-School Crusader,” which was also published in 2018, follows charter school businesswoman Eva Moskowitz, and her highly successful and quickly-growing “empire” of charter schools in New York.
In her article “The Charter-School Crusader,” Elizabeth Green writes, “I am more than a little terrified about the conclusion I’ve reached: Moskowitz has created the most impressive education system I’ve ever seen.”
Why does writing about Moskowitz’s success terrify Green? What, in other words, is threatening about Moskowitz’s success? How do Green’s writing choices make readers feel both uncomfortable and impressed by Moskowitz?
Would you characterize your own educational background as closer to public school experience (as described by Lueck at the beginning of this prompt) or a charter school experience, and how has that background affected you? Describe and explain your answer, using specific details.
Your instructor for your first writing course will read this essay in order to learn about your writing and to help you progress as a writer in college.
Most of the writing you will do at the University of Michigan will ask you to enter conversations, develop arguments that are both clear and complex, and support those arguments with specific evidence. In writing this essay, it will be helpful to keep the following guidelines in mind.
Focus: Your essay should be developed around a clear central thesis or argument that draws on both your close reading of the article and prior knowledge to support your argument. This prior knowledge might come from personal experience or other sources you’ve read.
Argument: A good academic argument enters into a conversation with nuance and complexity. While your argument should be clear, it should also thoughtfully engage with alternative points of view and questions you have about the issue. Craft an argument that still remains valid after considering these complexities.
Structure: Your essay should be clearly organized in a way that elaborates on and supports your own central argument. Individual paragraphs should be cohesive, and your reader should be able to follow the logical progression of your ideas from one paragraph to the next.
Evidence/Analysis: Support your claims with well-chosen examples from the articles, and, if relevant, your personal experience or other sources you would like to include.
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