Brianna Stahl WR 121/400, Ms. Roush Unit 1: Dialoguing with Others about Ideas Monday, November 04, 2013 Who does not need education, apparently you? Do children really need an education and if they do are they in school too long? This question causes many different reactions from me because I see endless possibilities with schooling and without a financial barrier I would attend school for the rest of my life. As a working adult, who has little time, I often think that schooling goes on for too long. In his article “Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids and why” John Taylor Gatto blames the education system for creating a cattle drive that sends people towards a specific labor goal.
Fixing Public Education in the United States Former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto’s article “Against School” published in the Harper’s Magazine forum “School on a Hill” September 2001. Gatto states that public schools were designed to 1) To make good people. 2) To make good citizens. 3) To make each person his or her personal best. (qtd.
“Against School,” an article written by John Gatto, (2003), for the Harper’s Magazine gives insight about “How public education cripples our kids, and why.” Having taught in public schools for thirty years, Gatto argues that schools have become prisons and factories of childishness. To support his claim that education does not require controlled and forced schooling, he mentions George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others who never graduated from a secondary school but went ahead to become American presidents. He describes the process of schooling as boring to both teachers and students. Compulsory mass schooling in United States started in early 19th century for three reasons, to make good people, good citizens and make each person his/her personal best. He quotes H.L.
Kevin Howell D. Williamson English Comp.1113 September 12, 2012 “Public Schools… A Closer Look” In the essay written by John Taylor Gatto, the author takes a searing stance against the public school system, as we know it, in America. Being a teacher himself for some 30 years himself, he cites that one of the main reasons schools don’t work anymore is boredom. He asserts questions that make you take a step back and look at the traditional way kids are taught. “Do we really need school? Six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years; is this really necessary?” He goes on and on by citing examples of great men and women who found great success in life without
Samantha Marzano Professor Weltha Wood English 1113 (Comp I) 31 August 2015 Summary 1 Diane Ravitch, introduces “Obama’s War on Schools” by stating that she has interviewed almost 100,000 people involved in public education. With no one on the inside to speak up about the harm federal policies are inflicting on the schools, many are concerned for its future. Ravitch informs us that instead of getting rid of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, which was put in place by George W. Bush, Obama came up with Race to the Top. Ravitch believes that it is even “more punitive than NCLB”. Ravitch explains that NCLB was put in place with the expectations that schools would improve if students were tested every year and the score
Charter schools care about scores and student learning. They do this by not putting students on tracks and holding them to the same standard (Guggenheim). Because of my luck in public schools, I never saw the effect that a “lemon” teacher had on student learning, but I see that the “dance of the lemons” that Guggenheim talks about is a serious problem that can be fixed with enough attention. The problem with charter schools is that, because of the limited space, there has to be a public lottery for students to be enrolled. Kids who realize that education is a way out of their rough financial situation have no other option besides charter schools at times.
Saad Niazi 1130-1245pm Alexander 12 March 2013 Educational Suicide In “Against School”, John Taylor Gatto, a former schoolteacher from New York critiques the American education system, and unveils the foundationary flaws plaguing students and their origins. Gatto describes a system designed to breed complacent and unquestioning consumers for an almost fascist regime with by supporting his allegations with popular education ideas of the early nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. While Gatto does an effective job in identifying “how public education cripples our kids and why”, his allegations are extreme however his article has a slight air of truth that is highly propagandistic in style and written by a disgruntled
Many scholars have agreed through analyzing statistics that the No Child Left behind Act has not met its tended target since its conception. The government however still feels that the No Child Left behind Act is substandard for all students from all background. The government has implemented this act in order to gain wealth and control schools because if school districts don't meet their yearly goals of students passing the federal government fines the schools because they are receiving federal funding. The federal government also have educators fire because the students are not meeting the standard
No Child Left behind Act Craig Allen PUB-650 Professor Huberman September 29, 2011 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In this competitive global economy, there are concerns that children receiving an education in the United States are performing below the national average. This dilemma is well recognized around the country therefore the Federal Government instituted an act that will potentially narrow this educational gap. Studies have pin pointed the origin of the academic failures and attributed the children’s poor performance to their social and /economic background, their parents education level, the lack of access to high-quality preschool instruction, school funding,
Prayer in public schools is a controversial topic that has taken top-billing on many of Americans minds. In the article, Banning Prayer in Public Schools Has Led to America’s Demise by Gary Bergel states in the first paragraph, “On June 25, l962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation – publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day.” Bergel is attempting to state that America has decreased in morals since this date as well as forbidding prayer at that time. These are the first two incorrect points of this article. They are by no means the only ones but these will be the two major points of contention addressed. First, the date Bergel uses is in reference to the court case of Engel V. Vitale in New York.