The world is more interconnected now than ever before, and because our education has not evolved with it, we are being left behind. Although our educational system has served us as a nation very well, the author believes that it has failed to prepare people for what lies ahead after schooling. If the students have to take a class with boring or dull material, than the teacher cannot expect the students to want to push themselves to do their best. Posted in Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 When reading Against School by John Taylor Gatto I was surprised to find the truth in his statements regarding education in school. We need some guidance and structure, to learn to question and take control. Above all, they can stem from simple greed. Gatto then explains that if we wanted to we could easily and inexpensively get rid of the old way of schooling and give kids an education rather then just schooling.
And that left them sitting ducks for another great invention of the modern era - marketing. In his youth he attended public schools throughout the including , Monongahela, and as well as a Catholic boarding school in. He points out that there is good news as well. Now for the good news. These functions are the adjustive or adaptive function, the integrating function, the diagnostic and directive function, the differentiating function, the selective function, and the propaedeutic function.
Instead of just throwing his evidence and support out there Gatto attempts to set them up again to seem more credible because of his certain choice of wording and how he places it in his writing. The heirs of the rich powerful people, completed the basic education system, but went on to higher education and were thus never stuck doing mindless tasks. I could not picture someone forcing an adolescent child into an advanced educational system for the pure reason of wanting him to grow up faster. The comparison of the current American education system to the Prussian system felt flawed in the sense that the schooling system has undergone massive changes between now and when the actual borrowing of system happened. Barber uses rhetorical elements like ethos, pathos, and logos to build his argument.
This is effective because the reader may have a different point of view on this whole article when thinking about how it relates to their loved ones, their children. Gatto believed the teachers would be so ambushed inside structures even more rigorous than those established upon the children. According to Gatto, the school s ystem in America wa s meant to copy the Prussian school system. How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why. Firmly believing in the myth, people mindlessly go to school, not on their own determination. Robinson uses both, pathos, and ethos to help make his… 646 Words 3 Pages High school, the best times of our lives.
I personally would have to disagree with the statement that we really don't need to go to school. It encompasses all four resources of languages- argument, appeal, arrangement, and artistic devices. Your summary would be even more thorough if you had tried to sum up the purpose of his essay. Paulo Freire shares very much in the same views as Gatto. I think the majority of this stems from the lack of change that has occu rred in our. That episode cured me of boredom forever, and here and there over the years I was able to pass on the lesson to some remarkable student. Seven hours a day, five days a week, nine months a year for twelve years- it can get a bit repetitive.
The above part set the stage for the following content that reveals the main thesis of this essay. He argues that people in the past have come along and gone to do extraordinary things in life without a mandatory education. I find it hard to believe that out of anyone going to school in the United States since 1915, not one person has been successful because of it. Ultimately, Gatto rounds his argument up to conclude that school drills children to be employees and consumers and their capacities are limited which should not have been. Nevertheless, I think you may be my doppelganger except that you are clearly much younger and have actually studied this stuff formally. The problem that arises with bored teachers is that they pass their boredom down to their students which is the reason why these students find school as a hassle.
Schools are meant to tag the unfit - with poor grades, remedial placement, and other punishments - clearly enough that their peers will accept them as inferior and effectively bar them from the reproductive sweepstakes. Gatto has experience in teaching profession for twenty-six years in schools of Manhattan, he shares from his experience that he majored in boredom and could see that everywhere around him. Posted in Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 Although the K-12 education system in the United States is plagued with issues, such as boring content and a curriculum with seemingly useless information, it is a necessary part of our society. Have to agree most public education is focused on the wrong things. Quite certainly My mom or dad would not have had the time to home school me as they were both working and going to school. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
His is a scathing critique of the systemic failure of the school system to prepare youth for today's world. Indeed, without exploiting the fearfulness, selfishness, and inexperience of children our schools could not survive at all, nor could I as a certified schoolteacher. And if so, for what? For example he says that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln never graduated from a secondary school but they were educated. According to him, people may see the key problem of schooling as boredom. In accordance with Title 17 U. That's what we are striving for until society gets in the way.