Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I 2 Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part I I chose to write about College as my approved topic from the www.procon.org website. The topic asks the question, “Is a College education worth it?” My position on this issue is that obtaining a college degree is in fact “worth it”. I agree with many of the arguments that were listed on www.procon.org. College graduates make more money than their non-degree holding counterparts. The first argument states that on average a college graduate makes $30,000 more a year. As time goes on, more and more employees are looking for that degree when they are making decisions about who to hire. A college degree helps sharpen skills that employers are looking for. Students that are hired out of high school obtain jobs that are task oriented, while college graduates obtain jobs where they have to think and problem solve. College graduates also have more advancement opportunities because of their degrees. For example, I was working as a server at Red Lobster. I lost out on an opportunity because didn’t have a college degree. They didn’t want to promote me to manager because I wasn’t a college graduate. Their reasoning was that I lack the knowledge to successfully run a restaurant. I found this unfair due to the fact that I ran that restaurant better than any new manager could.
CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS ESSAY Abortion has been a very controversial conflict in society since it became legal. The largest problem with abortion is that people think everyone should make their own choice; on the other hand people say if they can conceive they should have to keep the child because it is a human being as soon as it is conceived. There are negative and positive aspects from each side of the argument. Before researching I was on the pro-choice side but after researching both sides I am stuck in the middle. Each side of the argument will be in the essay below. Looking at both sides of the conflict and from my own opinions throughout life, I am pro-life; I am for abortion and women being able to make their own choice. Three reasons that stuck out to me from the procon website was, reproductive choice empowers women by giving them control over their own body, personhood begins after a fetus becomes “viable” (able to survive outside the womb) or after birth, not at conception, and abortion is justified as a means of population control. There are many more that I agree with but those are the top three that stick out to me. America is all about ‘freedom’, which is why I chose the first reason. Having abortion be legal leaves every woman able to chose what they do with their own body and gives them that freedom. The next reason is a very large controversial issue with abortion; I do not believe that a fetus is considered viable at conception or during the time period that women are allowed to get abortions. There is a reason there are only a certain amount of weeks that a women is able to get an abortion; after the certain time period, the baby is viable and an abortion can no longer be performed. Lastly, giving women the choice to have an abortion does help control the