against school - Elroy Roberson Professor M. Hill English...

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Elroy Roberson Professor M. Hill English 1301-20281 February 18, 2008 Schooling vs. Education In his article “Against School”, John Taylor Gatto explains the flaws with the “schooling” of American children. Using the term schooling as the form of formal secondary education, Gatto believes that schooling achieves three goals, to be boring, to keep kids from growing up or maturing, and ultimately to produce a marketable consumer workforce. Citing historically famous people such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, who did not complete formal schooling, Gatto expresses that the “twelve year- wringer our kids go through” (153) is unnecessary in actually educating children. Although Gatto is completely biased throughout the article, he is completely accurate in his analysis of “schooling” vs. education. Boredom has almost become synonymous with school. With teachers who seem to care less and less about their subject matter and even less about their students, almost makes one to accept the cliché ‘those who can’t, teach.’ According to Gatto, his students, as well as many others, stood firmly in agreement on this very point. “[The children] said the work was stupid, that it made no sense … they wanted to be doing something real, not just sitting around.”(152) Sitting around is what most students do every day at school, as they sit impatiently for the bell to ring or the teacher to stop dragging on about something that may not have any impact on their
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futures. Nothing sparks their interest and they compete only to achieve the grade needed for
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1301 taught by Professor E during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston - Downtown.

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