We are living in a culture where some students get to college and still don’t know how to write, don’t know how to read, much less read critically. And then we have faculty who assign them twenty-five pages of Mille Plateaux and throw up their hands when it doesn’t go well. This is a kind of perverse version of the post-’60s fetish for de-skilling. Values that once seemed germane—like skills in draftsmanship or Cibachrome printing or color theory, as well as conceptual practices that confronted and critiqued traditional artistic skills and craft—have become profoundly perverted as they’ve been put through this corporatized, for-profit model that has no dialectical balance anymore.
A persuasive argument is a valid argument with plausible, or obviously true, or antecedently accepted premises. These are the sorts of arguments you should try to offer.
When you're doing philosophy, it is never enough simply to say that you disagree with someone's conclusion, or that his conclusion is wrong. If your opponent's conclusion is wrong, then there must be something wrong with his argument, and you need to say what it is.