A New Way of Thinking

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Lindsay Van Vuren English 1301-100 1pm Due 11/8 A New Way of Thinking It is not only the basic subjects that kids are being taught in schools today, there seems to be an underlying curriculum that students are forced to learn. Two essays, “The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher” by John Taylor Gatto, and “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” by Jean Anyon relate to this popular topic. The main theme of “The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher” is that there are subjects being taught indirectly. Teachers and the school itself teach students things other than math, science, history, etc. A central theme in the essay “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” is that, through a study of certain schools, students are taught different things based on where they live what their social status happens to be. Through the two essays, the idea that students are being taught and learning indirectly from an underlying curriculum proves to be an area of concern. According to John Taylor Gatto, there are many things that are taught in schools along with the main subjects such as math, history, english, and science. Confusion, class position, indifference, emotional and intellectual dependency, provisional self-esteem, and the fact that one can’t hide, all show that there is a underlying curriculum in school systems today. Kids are taught confusion because they learn things that have no relation to each other and are more like a handful of “disconnected facts” (Gatto 174). Class position deals with students having to be in a certain class by numbering them and making them stay where they belong. Gatto states that kids are being taught indifference because bells that end class teach them that they must care about what they are learning until they hear that bell. After the bell, they must stop what they are doing and move on
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to the next subject. Kids are taught to have an emotional dependency by forcing them to
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Brown during the Fall '06 term at UT Arlington.

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