Compulsory Schooling For The Good Of The Younger Generation Essay

1377 Words May 12th, 2016 6 Pages
For those students and parents concerned with the education system in the United States, say ‘goodbye’ to compulsory schooling for the good of the younger generation. One common myth among people is that education is the most important factor in determining one’s success. It has been ingrained in our minds that without compulsory education, one will not proceed anywhere in life. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that compulsory education is not essential to success. Education is an opportunity given to people that could possibly enhance their lifestyle, but it should not be a force being thrown upon the students. Ironically, even though the United States is a “freedom for all” country, students do not have the freedom to choose what and how they want to learn. Not only does compulsory schooling resemble a prison and reduce students’ ways of thinking and versatility, but also it does not guarantee one’s success of happiness after the completion of such education. For these reasons, compulsory education in the United States should not be necessary.
Out of many authors and teachers who oppose the idea of compulsory education, John Taylor Gatto and Cevin Soling voice their opinions on their staunch opposition of compulsory schooling. Throughout the book Dumbing Us Down by Gatto, the author challenges the curriculum of compulsory schooling and offers his ideas for its transformation. Gatto, a school teacher for over twenty six years, criticizes the national curriculum of…

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