It is for the purpose of labeling peers and deciphering which children are inferior, it is the social aspect of schooling. Lastly, the propaedeutic function teaches a minimal amount of children to manage the population to that the government can continue without being challenged. Initially I was taken aback while reading Gatto’s article, particularly in regards to Inglis six functions but upon further review and digging deep into my own personal experiences with the public education system, predominantly looking at my years spent in high school I would say there are some sad realities behind theses six
Gatto uses this example of knowledge to prove his point that not every successful child went to school. A second time Gatto uses exemplification is when he is explaining his own experience in the school system as a teacher. He remembers that “my own experience had revealed to me what many other teachers must learn along the way, too, yet keep to themselves for fear of reprisal: if we wanted to we could easily and inexpensively jettison the old, stupid structures and help kids take an education rather than merely receive a schooling”. He uses this personal lesson from life to convey that children are only obeying what they are being told, only learning what they need to in order to escape the prison called school. In an example from his childhood, Gatto remembers talking with his grandfather and he “complained to him of boredom, and he batted me hard on the head.
Mike Rose's "I Just Wanna Be Average" Mike Rose's "I Just Wanna Be Average” essay sheds light on troubled youth within the public school system. It makes you long for the days of American pride and service. Students placed in "tracks” to utilize overcrowded and faulty test systems. Identity lost due to poor instruction and lack of motivation. The influx of shattered images brought forth by the "Report of the French Commission on American Education, 1879” reminds us of a time long ago when education was for every child, not select few.
A DISCUSSION DO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS HELP A CERTAIN PEOPLE PROGRESS IN A CERTAIN COUNTRY OR DO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS HINDER THEIR PROGRESS? I believe in a simple rule - Things r best in their original form and alterations to the natural forms are not usually good although exceptions do exist. Talking about residential schools, I will be honest in saying I have never really liked the idea. The residential schools rather kill a person’s originality and curb the natural talent developed through free thought and spirit. Having been schooled in a day school, I felt a balance of exposure to family and school life.
While there are several “rags to riches” stories that serve to encourage the members of the lower class to work hard and achieve their dreams, much truth lies in the fact that the government does not provide enough opportunities for them to do so. I would recommend revising the school choice provision of the No Child Left Behind Act in order to enable the mobility of students to schools located outside of their district. By doing so, many of the children within the working class would have the option to attend a school where they could receive the same opportunities as those of their high-born
The effects of NCLB affected everyone, whether you were at the top of your class or toward the bottom. To those of us who experienced the affects if NCLB first hand, it seemed like the students who put in the least amount of effort got rewarded the same things that the students putting in hours of work got. I asked my good friend Casey Collins, who attends University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, if she felt that NCLB was affective she said, “In all seriousness it was passed to help those who were behind get back on their feet, but it never took into account why all of these students were doing poorly in the first place. It's not effective in the fact that these kids are now moving forward but still don’t have the knowledge to do so. It also holds back the kids who work hard to succeed.” Many of the people I asked agreed in some way with Casey.
According to American schools’ official mission statements, public school is designed not only to prepare children for both academic achievements and social skills, but also to cultivate an ethical citizenship. However, John Taylor Gatto, an experienced and award-winning educator, does not give much credit to public schooling. In his article “Against School,” published in 2003 in Harper’s magazine, Gatto argues that instead of completing these goals, public school is actually stifling the youngest generation. In this article, Gatto begins by stating that boredom is a significant issue in the American schooling system. Students think they are more capable than the work they are assigned, and that teachers are less capable than they are supposed to be.
Moore’s purpose in writing this essay is to educate people on what is really behind the failing education system, mostly public schools. He hopes to get all people held to the same standard. He does not want factors such as social class, where somebody went to school, who their parents are, or what level of education they’ve had to determine whether or not people are considered “Smart” or “Successful”. He argues that people with the highest level of education can have less knowledge than someone with no education, or that is stereotyped as stupid. Moore says, about jocks on the sports show Two-Minute Drill, “To look at these testosterone-loaded bruisers you would guess that they were a bunch of illiterates…In fact, they are geniuses.
The writer then proceeds to discuss how today’s parents who were born during the baby-boomer era, were raised alienated from their parents and feel that is it their civic duty to make that up by trying to be “best-friends” with their children instead of being an authoritative figure like how they intentionally should be. However, many fail to see that this is in fact a recipe for disaster. The article argues that children today, ironically, are asking for the discipline and rules that their parents fail to provide. Navarette draws out his thesis in which he believes that its time for the parents to step up and do their jobs correctly in raising their children. Kids today are being over-protected by their parents and sheltered from the harsh realities of the real world.
Will children be educated enough to understand when making self-serving, society-serving or morally-based decisions, or is today’s educational criteria a form of brainwashing to help our current government stay in power? “Conflict theorists argue that the real purpose of the public school system is to reproduce and maintain the existing class structure in our society.” (123) In several sections of the book, I disagreed with the notion that education best serves society; I believe it should be the other way