Prose claims that American high school students learn to loathe literature because of the way it's taught. Students come to dislike literature because they are constantly analyzing it rather than enjoying it. Prose also claims that the, "...geniuses of the past [are treated] as naughty children, amenable to reeducation by the children of the present, evokes the educational theory of the Chinese Cultural Revolution." Essentially, allowing the students to judge and criticize classical authors causes the students to view them as less than what they are. Prose also says that the students are, "...handicapped not merely by how little literature they have read but by their utter inability to read it."
Zero Tolerance In the article entitled “No Mercy,” Malcolm Gladwell writes on the zero tolerance policies in our schools. The essay is an argument against zero-tolerance and a return for discretionary justice. He gives different examples to identify his position such as a Cambridge University student that attempted to poison his tutor, and a football quarterback that was cut from the team for being overpaid on his job. The author’s main point is whether zero tolerance policy is appropriate when disciplining students in the school system. Gladwell’s argument draws your attention to the fact that at some point in life children will be children and make stupid mistakes.
Payne stated that students should learn the “hidden rules” of the middle class from their educators so that they have another set of rules to use if they choose to do so. Impoverished students, compared to students of middle or upper class, often have a lack of proper funding, thus, a lack of appropriate resources to use in their education. Due to this, they are often unprepared for school, not having the money to purchase books and other educational tools. Both authors realize this, but argue that the responsibility lies on different shoulders. Payne states that impoverished students face inequality at school, insinuating that the school should be responsible for helping to provide for these students so that they can have a better education.
The environment of prejudice and discrimination will have a very negative impact on children. Depending on how long it goes on for, the child’s learning will suffer. They will not want to join in any activities, as this would draw attention to themselves, feel part of the class and won’t settle and be happy. So academically their progress will suffer, which is totally wrong as every child has the right to learn and be happy at school. Discrimination and prejudice can have a long term impact on any child.
For example, the author uses sarcasm to point out the lack of support for students when he quotes, “Our public high schools place too much focus on preparing kids for professional careers.” The author later criticizes the unorganized approach teachers take towards the discipline and teaching of students when he quotes, ‘"Educators do a lot to ensure that the most hopeless students slip through the cracks... Arbitrary rules, irregularly enforced discipline, and pointless paperwork are just the first things that come to mind. "’ 2. What rhetorical strategies does the writer use to achieve this satire? List them, and explain how each is used.
Now, more and more children don’t like to listen to the other people. When someone is talking to them, they won’t care what he/she is talking about, and they will continuous to play their game. In many parents’ eyes, they will think their child still younger and like to play. Actually, if parents don’t correct their children’s attitude for listening, that will make their children don’t know how to listen to the other people anymore. Learning to how to listen is a core; it should be a part of children’s education.
The teachers blamed the students but they were trapped in the same strict structures of the compulsory school program as the students. He then suggests that maybe that there is not a "problem" with the schools. That they were right when they designed the school to do just what they are doing. Designed not to teach us but to keep us from ever really “growing up.” With that thought the author asks, "Do we need school?" Gatto gives us examples of well-known people who have accomplished great things in their lifetime and were not educated through the school system.
The parents usually do not socialize with other parents because they usually receive negative comments towards their child. Parents who anti-socialize usually channel that aggression to their spouse which results in violent arguments. Schools as well as teachers are also responsible on placing kids with ADHD in an environment where they can perform their best. This is not to segregate the children but to place them in an environment where they can learn their best. Also, if the child does not perform at his/her best, it greatly reduces the self-esteem not only of the child but the parents as well.
Gatto says that school diminishes creativity; if anything kids discover their hidden creativeness in class while at school. He also says that kids are not able to advance in higher learning. When clearly, kids are able to follow the teacher and be able to get A's while the subjects get more extreme. Gatto says, "teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect"(pg. 683) from personal experiences I can say that I have had great relationships with my teachers throughout elementary school and especially High school.
Moore heard a talk show person talk about how people do not even know basic literature and when Moore calls up the talk show person the person did not even know what the books were. This shows how people talk about how bad teachers are but the teachers are not the problem. He talks about how humans live in a democracy when they live in America, but students learn in a totalitarian government when they are in schools. This shows how schools cannot do anything to protect themselves due to the pressure that the government is putting on them. Moore also describes a situation where a school that is sponsoring Coco-Cola has a picture and the kids can only wear Coca-Cola apparel and one kid wears another T-Shit to school.