Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron ' Essay

2473 Words May 5th, 2016 10 Pages
The plan was not made to make a mess. The plan was not made to ostracize people. The plan was made to help improve the knowledge of people, maybe even help find one’s place in the world, so where did the plan fail? The education system has, more recently failed to achieve what it was proposed to do, and that is to teach skills and build character. Students today can be compared to a great quote from Kurt Vonnegut 's story “Harrison Bergeron” that is “They weren’t really very good-no better than anybody else would have been, anyways” (Vonnegut, 1387). Within the context of the story, the quote referred to ballerinas that were dancing. The reason that the ballerinas were no better than anyone else is because everyone within the world of Vonnegut 's sci-fi is handicapped to be equal, whether it be equal in beauty, strength, or intelligence. This is how the education system works, everyone is fairly equal.
This, to the average person, may seem like a great deal, as everyone is being treated the same in their learning. The actuality though, is quite the opposite. Students are not equal when it comes to learning. People in general have different learning styles, and pretending like everyone can learn material through the same methods is crippling for many, just as the handicaps restrain the denizens of “Harrison Bergeron.” Along with this epidemic of learning, the actual emphasis of school also is misleading and mistranslated. Stated in his newsletter “The Purpose of School,”…

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