Against School Essay

Against School Essay

Is mandatory schooling really necessary? Some many argue that it is vital for one to grow and learn while others may say otherwise. Author John Taylor Gatto argues in his article how public education cripples our kids, and why that mandatory schooling is bringing more harm to students than good. While Gatto gives many detailed reasons why we, as a society, should abandon the concept of compulsory schooling, we need compulsory schooling because it provides an equal opportunity for all, a well rounded individual, and future proofing our children with the necessary skills for a technologically changing world.
To abandon mandatory schooling would inhibit ...

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States...and that is its aim everywhere else" (Gatto 2). I believe this to be false for many reasons. To specialize on every student's individual talents and abilities would be a challenge to most, however mandatory public school's curriculum allows all the students to be taught to and tested on the same material and level. This is to ensure that everyone gets treated fairly. Schooling is paid for by taxpayer's money, so to put down a nations youth through crushing dissent and originality sounds nothing like the American way of life. If schools aim is to put down dissent and originality then why are there Advanced Placement (AP), College Prep (CP) and Honors classes? One of Gatto's 6 points states that mandatory schooling "pretty much destroys the idea that useful or interesting material should be taught." (Gatto 4) These classes serve a purpose so that they may expand kid's minds and make them think for themselves, to promote individuality through outside readings, reports, and ...

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personal best" are still used to this day he continues to say. Gatto feels that this notation is dead wrong and that schooling is used in another way. Compulsory schooling not only provides us with an education, but other extracurricular activities as well to help shape us. Some of these include sports teams, school spirit rallies, and school programs. These activities help students form lifelong bonds that they can use in the future. They can bond through sports as teammates, bond as close friends through extracurricular activities at the school, and can bond as a school through spirit rallies and assemblies. Some of my fondest memories will forever be from my schooling days. From ...

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Added: 9/24/2014 12:39:07 AM
Submitted By: BeastotheEast13
Category: Education
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