Topics: Common Core education standards, acceleration of gifted students, categorization and separation, sweeping curriculum changes, fads in psychology and education theory, case studies, the effects of technology and social media on education and culture.

Topics: Common Core education standards, acceleration of gifted students, categorization and separation, sweeping curriculum changes, fads in psychology and education theory, case studies, the effects of technology and social media on education and culture.

Examples: “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” acceleration of gifted students, changes to mathematics education, testing and teaching supplies, “show your work” requirement, Minecraft server.

Themes: Education reform, student achievement and potential, the impact of technology on education and culture, the limitations of statistical analysis, the consequences of sweeping changes in education.

Rhetorical devices: Aphorism, personal anecdotes, comparison and contrast, repetition, rhetorical questions, appeals to emotion.

Moods: Concern, frustration, skepticism, hopefulness.

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