Analysis Of Against School By John Gatto

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Tuyet Vu
Kristi Philips
RWS 100/Essay 2
October 6, 2017
Institution vs. Intellectual
School is natural selection because it only caters to specific individuals while ignoring the rest of the other students’ specific needs. The current education system is tailored for the students who are academically intelligent while being indifferent to the rest of the other students’ learning style. A person can be a gifted speaker, but can still be considered unintelligent by the school if they cannot meet the set standard. In John Taylor Gatto personal narrative, “Against School,” he critiques the modern academic system to emphasize how the public school system needs to be reformed through the usages of personal anecdotes and pathos. On the other spectrum,
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For a school to be considered an academia it needs to have effective educators and diverse learning methods in order to accommodate the student’s needs. Students are unable to reach their full learning potential due to conformed school environment and their negative learning perspective.
To reach their full potential student needs to have the right environment in order to cultivate the right mindset. Every individual has hidden potential and talent, but often times they are not given the chance to develop it. Gatto’s motivation for writing this piece is to advocate for a school reform because students are not given the opportunity to explore and enrich their potentials. Gatto, an award-winning and former educator, “concluded that genius is as common as dirt” (Gatto 690), after thirty years of teaching in the best and the worst school. Gatto uses of pathos made his argument more powerful because it put an emphasis on his first handed experience as a witness of the failing school structure. Gatto notices that every student possess the ability to flourish but the rigorous school curriculum is drowning out students’ creativity. School should be a place where students build their dream instead it
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In the piece, “Against School,” Gatto utilizes pathos and comparison to illustrate the weaknesses within the modern academia. On the other hand, Dweck uses her research in the article, “Brainology,” through the use of logos and allusion to emphasizes the imperativeness of the growth mindset. Both articles address the problems that exist within academia and pose a different solution to them. The school system needs to be reformed so that it meet the needs of more than just the students who are academically intelligent. But the school reform is only a part of the solution to improving the modern academia. What determines whether a student will be on the path of excellence or mediocrity is the student's mindset and their ability to adapt to new challenges. In order to be educated a person does not necessarily have to go to school. Because school in itself is just an institution, a place. It is been embedded in every kid’s head that to achieve their dreams and be successful in life they need to do well in school. However, that notion is false because school is just one path to success, in reality, there are many other ways to reach the same

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