Tutor profile: Jennifer M.
What is a good standard construction of an average body paragraph?
A body paragraph is a paragraph that holds a supporting idea to your thesis, and should always be topic sentence, evidence, commentary/explanation, concluding sentence. If you need more than one peice of evidence, then you add it after the first set of explanations. The first sentence in each paragraph should indicate the topic of that paragraph, and the last should tie the ideas of that paragraph back to your thesis.
According to Dr. Martin Luther King in his "The Purpose of Education" paper, what is the purpose of education? Do you think the state of education has gotten better or worse since this was written in 1947? Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.
The main point or purpose of education is to help protect people from propaganda by teaching them to think critically and quickly so that they are not seduced by powerful rhetoric. I sadly agree with Dr. King that this is still a major failing in the education system that is a root cause of many of the social issues we continue to face. Emotional rhetoric will always be more powerful than logic and science.
In your own words, explain how to tell the difference between an independent and dependent clause and why it's important.
A dependent clause always begins with a subordinating conjunction. If there isn't a subordinating conjunction at the beginning, then it's independent. It's important to remember this as they require correct punctuation to avoid errors and keep the meaning clear.