America's 2 Different Dads Essay

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America’s Two Types of Dads

The article I chose, for this homework assignment, derived from CNN’s website. The article, “America’s tale of 2 different dads”, was written by CNN writer Wayne Drash. Basically, Drash writes this article to claim that dads, who live with their children, are more oriented with their kids, opposed to dads that do not live with their children. Drash’s format for this article is the base definition of a classical scheme styled argument. He abides by all of the attributes in which dictate the making of classically schemed arguments. Drash’s main reason, and the main predecessor to many more of his reasons in this article, and purpose in this article is to explain how and why fathers who live with their children, are more active in their children’s lives in comparison to fathers that do not live with their children. He mentions many statistics about his main idea, then, gives various theories correlated with the statistical information he gave prior to the theory(s). Not only do I personally believe the statistics that he gives are probably accurate, but, I also agree with many of his theories.
In America, more and more families are becoming broken up as time progresses. This is not an opinion; it is a fact, statistically speaking. Now, with that being said, this is an opinion: I believe that the true moral foundation of Americans, in today’s society, is deteriorating more and more, each and every day. I mean, there isn’t a specific algorithm or rule book, non-religiously speaking, that can solve and guide every family into a mere perfect direction. However, there are circumstances that would, more than likely, obliterate any concept that would come from such an algorithm or rule book, if existed. One of these concepts is that 27% of fathers do not live with their children. To me, it seems a little bit impossible to be able to raise your child if you do not even live with them. I am sure there are occasional superstar divorced parents in American, but for the most part, I find it extremely difficult to believe that a father could be an optimal father, so to say, if he did not have the opportunity of doing some of the very simple things, in the family life, that help mold their children into more mature and finite human beings. Drash’s statistics and incentive to writing this article strongly amplify my previous assumption, in my opinion, at the least.
Throughout Drash’s article, he completes to show a format very similar to that of a classically scheme-influenced article. He begins with his introduction of his article, stating that a tale of two different types of fathers has emerged in America: those who regularly participate in their children’s everyday lives and those who live apart from their kids. His main claim is stated when he quotes Pew Research Center for saying, “This issue of living apart from your kids vs. living with your kids is extremely important if you look at day-to-day involvement with those children”. Drash gives several evidences that support his claim; some such as 9/10 fathers who live with their children, say they believe they are good fathers, opposed to only 49% of fathers, who do not live with their children, saying the same. Drash makes a significant approach at discussing what he thinks of other perspectives by further quoting Pew Researchers saying, “I do think it’s a tale of two different dads, but just because a dad doesn’t live with his kid, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s absent from that kid’s life”. Finally, Drash finishes his article with a conclusion that consisted of a man who wrote a book in 1988, explaining that Pew Researcher’s recent studies have basically underlined ideas portrayed in his book that he wrote in 1988.
Drash gives many statistics that not only support his argument, but also support my own personal opinion. He states that the study has found that seventy-three percent of dads live with their children and, according to the past,