Analysis Of ' Against School ' And The Essentials Of A Good Education

1420 Words Oct 29th, 2016 6 Pages
For years, people have been questioning the root of the American education system’s troubles and placing the blame on various factors. However, it seems that all they have done is point out the problems, rather than taking the initiative to delve into and attempt to fix them. This is one of the main causes of the downfall of the education system. As a result, it continues to be dysfunctional and negatively impact students nationwide. In “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto, “Don’t Send Your Kids to the Ivy League” by William Deresiewicz, and “The Essentials of a Good Education” by Diane Ravitch, each author gives their opinion on what problems the educational system faces, addresses the causes of each problem, and describes ways to promote a better way of educating the youth.
In “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto, the functionality of the education system is questioned. Gatto describes how the 12-year system of compulsory schooling is formatted to classify, group, and standardize children. He talks about the cause behind the creation of such a system, Prussian culture. Gatto describes the Prussian educational structure as “an education system deliberately designed to produce mediocre intellects...to deny students appreciable leadership skills, and ensure docile and incomplete citizens...in order to render the populace ‘manageable.’” The goal of the education system is to spawn generations of easily-controlled citizens while keeping a small fraction of students separate.…

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