The paper "Five Myths about Torture and Truth by Darius Rejalis" is a delightful example of an article on social science. In “ Five Myths about Who Gets into College” the basic claim is that there is a big discrepancy in education between the poor and the rich. The highest percentage (74%) of students in selective colleges is from rich families with just a few from poor families. According to the article, the admission policies of colleges favor rich students more. Further, there is a significant difference between SAT points for advantaged and disadvantaged students attributed to race and socioeconomic factors.
Also, financial constraints make college dropout among poor students higher than their rich counterparts. The author uses data from previous researches, which makes his presentation more valid and authentic. In order to promote schooling of disadvantaged children, policies of selective colleges should be reviewed to promote equality in admission; students’ life context should be considered besides SAT points when admitting students and financial aid to poor students should be increased. Darius Rejalis notion in “ Five Myths about Torture and Truth” is that torturing of innocent individuals can be more detrimental than beneficial.
According to him, torture is an ineffective way of extracting the truth from the innocent, but rather a way of intimidating people. Rejalis presents historic evidence that portrays torture as a failure in intelligence. Many torture incidences in the past were far from success with detainees leashing no information at all in some cases. The author appears to be informing the readers about the topic because he takes no position throughout his presentation. The author’ s presentation is so heart fetching that the readers can only see the animosity in torturing innocent people rather than the intention of the torturers.
The author thus effectively communicates his idea that torture does more good than harm to its victims.