NEW Against School PAPER (2)

NEW Against School PAPER (2) - Faihan Alqahtani Ling 101...

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Ling 101 Garrett 3/24/09 Factory Children The article, “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto discussed many interesting ideas. Gatto states that schools now days are boring and that as much as the children blame the teachers for giving them senseless work that they already know and don’t like, the teachers are right there blaming the students who are rude and only care about getting the grade (Gatto, 2007, pp.90). He goes on to illustrate several other authors, and their writings, that describe school as being factories, mass producing conformed children (Gatto, 2007, pp.94), and schools that separate the children into two classes. One class receiving a liberal education, and the other being the ones who give up their chance to receive a liberal education to pick up the menial, manual jobs. Two quotes that proved very interesting for me were “Public Education in the United States” and “Public School Administration” first “detailed and praised the way the strategy of successive school enlargements had extended childhood by two to six years” (Gatto, 2007, p.p. 94). He then said later that “Our schools are…factories in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned…And it is the business of the school to build its pupils according to the specifications laid down” (Gatto, 2007, pp.94). Gatto says that schools are almost like factories that making products (children). He states that they need to learn more liberal education. Gatto goes on to demonstrate how the three traditional goals of public education, which were “to make good people, to make good citizens,” and “to make each person his or her personal best” are quite different from Alexander Inglis’s six basic functions of modern schooling (Gatto 2007 pp 91). Inglis’s functions include: 1. “The adjustive or adaptive ” which basically “are to establish fixed habits of reaction to authority”. 1
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2010 for the course MATH 139 taught by Professor Tall during the Spring '08 term at SIU Carbondale.

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NEW Against School PAPER (2) - Faihan Alqahtani Ling 101...

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