in school they can change their life for the better. An example of this happening is Tim Blixseth.Tim’s life is highlighted by Robert Frank in an article titled Living It: Tim Blixseth. Tim had
Underwood 3grown up as a poor boy, living in a poor neighborhood, most likely going to a school that servedstudents with low income families. Even though Tim had grown up with these disadvantages bythe time he was 30 he was a millionaire. He was able to raise himself up in life because he wasinnovative and worked hard. His hard work ethic and always “looking for the next big problemto solve or industry to reinvent” led to his success (Frank). This story is evidence that provesthat any student can improve their standard of living through education and hard work.While hard work is still taught as a value to many children, not everyone will agree thatworking hard in school can earn a student a better life. John Taylor Gatto writes about thefailure of schools in his articleAgainst School. He believes that public schools set up students tonot flourish. Public schools train student for low level jobs, setting students up to be simpleworkers, he believes. The rich, elite part of society is the group that makes sure this happens.They want their children to grow up and replace them and to have the lower and middle classstudents stay in those classes. Schools are viewed as “laboratories of experimentation on youngminds, drill centers for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands” (Gatto). While ithas been proven that public schools are not always giving the best education they can give,public schools do not purposely set up students to not succeed to the best of their abilities in theirlives. If this were true then there would be no new ideas or technology in this world. New
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