Rhetorical Essay On "Against School"

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Against School by John Taylor Gatto In his essay Against School, Gatto argues against the school system. He claims that the twelve year schooling program may, in fact, be pointless. He conveys his attitude toward the subject by utilizing words such as boredom, dangerous, dumbed-down—and in the context of a school—trap, warehouse, and wringer. Gatto uses straightforward logic, and argues his case by pointing out a plethora of well-educated people that stand out in history, and yet did not go through the “twelve year wringer.” Presenting himself with certainty, readers are compelled to agree with Gatto on the matter. We blindly accept that we must go through a twelve year schooling program, but Gatto asks us why this is necessary. His word choices are obvious to the point he is trying to make. Using phrases such as “deadly routine” and “forced confinement,” Gatto suggests that school is not the ideal way to educate. He asks whether we really need forced schooling, this seemingly endless—although only twelve-year long—pattern of so many classes per day, five days a week. Gatto compares school to a factory or prison which, generally speaking, are not fun places to be. This style of diction, with Gatto consistently projecting new words of the same connotation suggests his point of view on rejection of this prison-like system. The author appeals to anyone who has or has not questioned the usefulness of education. He appeals to our common sense by asking a simple question: why do we need this? Almost every student has thought the same thing at some point, but lacks the confidence needed to express these feelings to the public. Gatto uses a story about his grandfather teaching him that boredom was a characteristic of immature and untrustworthy people, which humanizes him to the readers. Gatto’s most often used technique was to indicate people that have made

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