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GRE Article of the Month – May 2014

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers
By Scott Samuelson for The Atlantic

This month’s article, Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers, really caught my attention, because it was basically a response to an Issue Prompt I was writing about in a blog post:

Educational institutions should actively encourage their students to choose fields of study that will prepare them for lucrative careers.

Of course the writer here had more than 25 minutes. At three-pages, and probably a few revisions, this article is an eloquent and impassioned rebuttal to why we need the humanities in colleges, and why colleges shouldn’t simply teach classes that will allow students to secure lucrative jobs upon graduating.

So take notes, and look how the author develops his point. Some of what you learn here may be useful if you get one of the prompts dealing with education and the college curriculum.

Below are some common GRE-level words that you should pay attention to:

  • Ubiquitous
  • Subordinated
  • Predominantly
  • Demarcate
  • Exorbitant
  • Compliant
  • Inadvertently
  • Quixotic
  • Wayward


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