The core of Cottle’s that she repeatedly delivers is that nowadays, college students are becoming much too entitled and their attitude towards learning will do nothing to help them in life. It is debatable just how persuasive this argument is, as it depends on who is reading the article. If the person who is reading it is of a similar mindset to the author already, they will most likely agree with what Cottle has to say. Although, there are a good many people who don’t share Cottle’s mindset, which she doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of that concept. She does absolutely nothing to defend the other side, nor does she take the time to see or address why someone would see things differently than herself. If someone who had an opposing view to her were to read her article, they probably wouldn’t even think about changing their mind. There is no evidence of outside opinions, other than her own. She states why she thinks that college students act and think they way they do, and leaves no space for disagreement.
The point of arguing is to persuade people to join your side, and Cottle did a rather lousy job of that what with her harsh intonation and criticism. Only people that already share her opinion would agree with what she wrote. All of the other people will only be angered by such a closed minded outlook on the topic, which makes for an utterly pointless and ineffective argument.