ENGL1 El Centro College Pollution Report Essay

Write a Report essay on Pollution using 10 articles from the library database : http://sks.sirs.com.dcccd.idm.oclc.org/webapp/lead… . I’ll give you my login info to access the database.

It needs to have 10 articles on the work cited page and each article must be cited on text at least once. Work cited page must be in alphabetical order.


The following surveys of fact (T/F) and opinion (Y/N) are models to use for your own surveys of fact and opinion in personal research on your chosen SIRS topic. As below, you will construct paragraphs to describe and analyze the responses to your statements of knowledge and opinion. The paper does not need to show the survey questions in their original format, so long as it faithfully records the statements, responses by your ten respondents, and your analysis—as shown after the survey below.

Mark each statement below as true or false to show knowledge of facts.

T/F 1. From the early 1980s to 2005, the number of families filing for bankruptcy in the US

grew to five times its earlier level.

T/F 2. Economic mobility is now higher in Scandinavia than America.

T/F 3. Only 3% of eighth graders from poor families scoring in the bottom fourth of their class finished college, although 30% of eighth graders from rich families scoring in the

bottom fourth of their class finished college.

T/F 4. Oddly, though economic inequality has risen in China, the poverty rate has fallen.

T/F 5. On average, higher education and non-cognitive skills (study habits, timeliness, and

a work ethic) do not raise income.

Mark each statement below as yes or no to show opinions.

Y/N 1. Reaching a higher social class is as possible as ever in the USA.

Y/N 2. The American Middle Class is shrinking.

Y/N 3. All people graduating from college are especially smart.

Y/N 4. All college entrants can graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Y/N 5. Everyone in the United States needs a bachelor’s degree to survive.

Sample Reporting on the Survey within a Paper on Economic Inequality

The knowledge of economic mobility and inequality was uneven among respondents to a

survey of fact and opinion. Ten people were surveyed. Fifty percent* of those surveyed did not

realize that bankruptcies became five times more common from the early 1980s to 2005. Most

people (80%) disbelieved the fact that economic mobility is now greater in Scandinavia than in

America. And most people (70%) did not believe that with growing economic inequality came

less poverty in China. But most people (90%) did realize that higher education does create a

higher wage potential over a lifetime.

As to opinions, some people matched the facts they knew to corresponding opinions, and

some did not. Eighty percent agreed that the Ameriican Middle Class is shrinking. And most

people (70%) correctly guessed or knew that 30% (nearly one third) of the rich that score low in

the eighth grade still finish college. But, despite this, 90% of the same survey group opined that

“All people graduating from college are especially smart.” Likewise, although half of those

surveyed knew that the percentage of bankruptcies has grown to five times its pre-80s rate, only

20% registered a belief that the American Middle Class is shrinking.

*Facts reported here would have been previously established and cited by source in an earlier section of the paper. Otherwise they must be cited here. Also note that numbers that start a sentence must be spelled out, although the numbers beyond ten incorporated later in the sentence can be typed as Arabic numbers.

From this data, it appears that people’s sense of facts does not always match with or sway their opinions. So those responding to the survey portray a cognitive dissonance between what they know to be facts and what they feel to be their opinions. The ideas of ever-increasing social mobility and richness as a reward for intelligence may be mythical, but these people still seemed to hold these views despite some knowledge of the facts. And many seemed confused by the fact that rising economic inequality in China could not cancel any gains for the poorest. The belief that a more capitalist system can benefit both rich and poor does not apparently register, as if all

income fits a zero-sum model where any gain to one hurts another. In fact, the reports back a belief that all boats rise in a tide of economic prosperity.