Pretty Credible Blog, but Not Enough Personal Information

{ “Education and Inequality Between Rich and Poor” by Rodney Rosario}

What I decided to analyze was “Education and Inequality Between Rich and Poor” by Rodney Rosario. In this particular post, Rodney discusses how educational inequality between poor and rich students occurs in the U.S. The intended audience is still the general public that has a growing concern for education. I think that the main purpose of this blog is to inform why education makes differences and disparity between rich and poor.

I found that this blog was informative about education disparity in the U.S. The language used in this article was both less formal and simple vocabularies. In the beginning part, Rodney successfully uses hooks that contribute to grab the reader’s interest and introduce the general topic of the essay. In one of example, Rodney writes that, “Why is it that the government doesn’t provide public schools with enough federal funds, but private schools receive a lot of funds? Why is it that students with higher income succeed more than those with low income? ”( Rodney 2015). Those questions give audiences opportunities to think about what problems of education disparity is. He uses irony and logic to emphasize the problem of educational disparity as well. I also noticed that this post was both persuasive and informative. Rodney uses logic and plenty of evidences to support his claims. He logically states that “Parents with higher income sign their kids up for the after school. They do this so that their child can learn more throughout the day not just in school. After-school programs also help children one on one, who are struggling in school.”( Rodney 2015). His logic shows us why rich students earn higher grades than poor students in the schools.
 Also, he mentions some evidences from his personal experience “When I was in elementary school I attended after-school, which helped me because it kept me in honors class. I was able to get the extra help I needed during this time and improved my academic performance.”

By using logic such as this, the author is able to establish his credibility and prove his claim how after-school affects on his grade. Of course, his article is going to be more one sided, but the main purpose overall is to inform the readers of that students in the U.S. do not take equal educations.

I overall conclude that this is a pretty credible blog except for his own credibility such a his career. It successfully answers every concern about whether or not it should be considered a credible blog. From the layout to the actual content of the posts, Rodney Rosario provides the reader with interesting and credible information. When looking at the design of the website, I think that you can already tell that it is a credible blog. The lay and design is clean without advertisement pop ups that distract you. In the end of blog post, we can see that some famous universities support this blogs. However, all the necessary information that you need in order to check its credibility is not easily found. On the homepage, Rodney Rosario establishes his credibility with only few information. What we can know is that he is a senior student at Queens College. His credibility is not an even author and professor. Rodney lacks of credibility to prove his sentences and claims, and persuade audiences. However, we can see that “Hastac” is one of the numerous science blogs co-founded in 2002 by Cathy N. Davidson, then Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University and David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI). In the posts themselves, Rodney Rosario uses other relevant sources, and credits them, in order to establish his credibility as well as prove his claim. Sources from work cited page are all credible like “The New York Times” and scholarly articles. In every post, there was no an image that related to the topic. All in all, I enjoyed looking through and analyzing this blog.

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