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This article by Danielle Harris discusses the debate regarding whether or not women should be required to register for the military draft when they turn 18, just as men do. There were many responses to the article, battling both sides. Many commenters responded saying that men are more capable of battling on the front-lines, and that it should be on a voluntary basis for women. While I understand that combat is typically a male-dominated field, women have proved themselves fully capable, especially in recent years. As mentioned in the article, 15 percent of active troops are women. That number would be significantly smaller if women were not capable of being part of the military. On the other hand, some responders mentioned that if women want equality on all fronts, that the military draft is no different, with which I would agree. It is unfair for expect equality in the admirable things in this country. Of course, women want to make as much as men (and I agree with that completely) but it does not make sense that they wouldn’t also be required to follow the same obligations as men. I also think it is worth noting that many citizens feel called to serve their country and serve on a volunteer basis. The United States hasn’t need the draft in the last 40 years, so requiring women to register for the draft most likely wouldn’t be that big of a deal anyways.
It is often drilled into students’ heads that a four-year university is not only the best option after high school graduation, but the only option. Community college is often overlooked by students who would benefit from an academic setting different than the traditional university. There is a great emphasis in today’s society on getting accepting into and attending well-known and prestigious universities, but the conversation about community colleges and their possible benefits is often avoided. It is important to consider these benefits and to shift into a society that acknowledges community college on the same level as four-year universities. As students have previously mentioned, O’Keefe establishes credibility on this topic by explaining how she went to a four-year university, but then worked at a community college, so she understands both environments and experiences. O’Keefe’s main argument is that community college is “real” college, just in a different capacity. I would agree with other students that O’Keefe is indeed persuasive in her argument. She explains that while these students may sometimes be working at a different pace than those at a four-year college, many of these students are attending schools with full-time jobs, families at home, or stressful financial situations. The ability to balance all of this is as “real” as it gets. Community college is often looked at as a second option, when for 46% of America’s undergraduate students, it is the most reasonable and attainable option. A few students brought up the question of why people view community college as lesser than traditional universities, and why O’Keefe did not include that in her article. To that, I would say that people are not likely to admit that they think less of community college, but the idea of superiority comes from people’s values on prestige. While one would be celebrated profusely if they were to get into an Ivy, such as Cornell or Yale, getting into community college is not seen as an accomplishment. The reality is, as O’Keefe mentions in her article, that people who attend these elite universities would have been be successful even if they had not attended such school, while people in community college may need it to simply get their feet of the ground. Taking the necessary steps to achieve a degree, no matter where, how quickly, or how expensive, should be considered “real”.
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Oct 3, 2016