02 Nov 2009
Mary Sherry’s essay entitled “In praise of the F word” discusses the reality within the ways of passing students in school. Sherry points out that the students could obtain their diploma, even if they do not know how to write or read. According to her research, students think that they are being cheated by their academic environment because they graduated even if they are not really prepared to face the next phase of their lifetime especially those who are high school graduates. That is why the employers could not hire these students and they remain jobless despite of the fact that they already pass their schooling. Education is a tool for each one of us to face the challenges of the society. If we are not educated well, we will lose the game of life. Sherry’s point is very important to understand the struggle and adversities of students after they graduated in high school because in reality, they feel unworthy of the diploma they received. Therefore, Sherry’s article is a revelation of truth behind the happy thoughts of students as they face the society without certain knowledge on their education.
The purpose of Sherry’s article is to educate the readers on the situations of students after they graduated in school-if they are happy, contented, satisfied, or sad with their diploma. “Tens of thousands of 18-year-olds will graduate this year and be handed meaningless diplomas. These diplomas won’t look any different from those awarded their luckier classmates. Their validity will be questioned only when their employers discover that these graduates are semiliterate (Sherry 502; 1).” Sherry does not only comply with her own ideas and experiences, but also through research and data from different schools and students. Through this kind of construction, her article become authoritative and gives her the capability to unleash each point with the help of personal experiences and confessions. This idea is important for an article to be credible since the writer talks about complicated cases-the education system. That is why further studies and analysis are needed to support her claims, which she explores and states throughout her article.
More and more students choose not attend school rather than cheating themselves of the fact that they will not learn inside their classrooms. “Passing students who have not mastered the work cheats them and the employers who expect graduates to have the basic skills. We excuse this dishonest behavior by saying kids can’t learn if they come from terrible environments (502; 8).” More often than not, students pass not because they are good or they worked hard to obtain an A, but because they are quiet or they are behave. Sherry’s perspective is part of reality that needs change-this change should start from the educators for they are the backbone of the students who depend on their teaching skills and capabilities. The essay wants to convey to the readers that receiving a diploma is worth it if the students think that they have done their best with the help of their teachers and parents as they go on to the journey of learning.
In conclusion, Sherry’s article is powerful enough to state the case of the students as they confess their emotions against the educational system. It only means that, students are aware and afraid of their future due to these issues and dilemmas that they experience. Sherry opens the door between the parents and educators to become more considerate in guiding their child or students in and out of the classroom. In this crucial world, it is very important for the students to think that their parents and teachers are behind them to nurture and direct them in proper path for their future as they face bigger dilemmas and issues of their society.
Sherry, Mary. “In praise of the F word.” pp. 502-503