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ENGL 1102 - Palmer

CTOM Research/Essay Topic

Professor Palmer's Assignment

Instructions: Write an essay that responds to one of the following prompts. Make sure to engage in the dialectic process (either internally or by discussing the topic with someone who can take a differing viewpoint) so that you settle on a reasonable thesis.

1. Other than social media, does pop-culture reinforce any (or all) of the “Three Great Untruths” discussed in COTAM? Explain how at least one of the untruths is reinforced or disproven by pop-culture (contemporary movies/television/music, sports, etc). Avoid discussing social media’s relationship to the great untruths because that is covered sufficiently in the book.

2. According to COTAM, social psychologist Jean Twenge “is an expert on how generations differ psychologically and why” (146). Is Twenge’s timeframe and characterization of iGen/Gen Z (those born 1995-2012) a fair and accurate assessment?

3.Assuming you can first finish reading all chapters of COTAM, provide a review of the book that does the following: includes a clear and well supported thesis, identifies the book’s strongest and weakest points/chapters.

4. Public school systems are often criticized for an overemphasis on standardized testing. Is there evidence that suggests this has harmed, or is harming, Gen Z? Is there a better, proven way to ensure students across America are meeting proper learning outcomes?

5. How will/should the COVID-19 crisis change the way Gen Z moves forward into adulthood?Are Zoomers (members of Gen Z) generally more equipped to handle social distancing than older generations? What role might safetyism play in this?

6. How can the cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) principles discussed in COTAM be used during this COVID-19 crisis to help Gen Z (or all Americans) avoid depression and anxiety?

7. Based on the risks that health care providers have been asked to take in the face of staffing and PPE shortages during the COVID-19 crisis, will Gen Z’s prospective doctors and nurses enter their careers with an understanding that they are putting their lives on the line to do their work—in the same fashion as soldiers or police officers? Is that the new normal for health care workers?