Assignment 2a- summary and reading reaction

Assignment 2a- summary and reading reaction - Eileen Wang...

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Eileen Wang 2/13/07 Writ 138 Margo Hittleman Summary of “A Nation of Slaves” Jenson argues that schooling robs children of their individuality and creativity in order to create a “nation of slaves.” He claims that he learned “not to ask difficult questions” (Jenson 4) and to “mimic the opinions of teachers” (Jenson 4). Standardizing schooling for children has turned them into drones, incapable of thinking for themselves. This in turn causes them to be susceptible to society’s pressures and as a result, they value money above all. Because the children cannot think for themselves, they are living under the illusion that if they forfeit their lives to whomever has power or money then they will be happy. Jenson believes that this sort of brainwashing stems from schooling. He also brings about the point that schooling stunts creativity. He uses the example in the library in which a student asks to look up guns. This request is ignored and an innocuous topic, whales is chosen. Not only does Jenson argue that schooling is detrimental to children, but he also argues that children themselves hate it. By pointing that out, he creates the image that children are dragged into a sort of slavery and brainwashed.
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2008 for the course WRIT 138 taught by Professor Hittleman,margo during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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