Good Citizens And Personal Fulfillment Essay

1212 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
Good citizens and personal fulfillment. These are the two main things that schools want to bring to their children throughout their years as students. Often times, there are many expectations for students that are meant to help schools meet their goals and bring students success. As a high school student, I know that to graduate I must have a high enough GPA. I have several classes that I am required to take, and after those are taken, I have only some options for my other classes. I have to be at school by 8:00 every weekday. I’m not allowed to wear certain clothing. When I want to speak in class, I must raise my hand and wait to be called on, but when called on, there are particular things I can not say. All schools have varying expectations of students. Many of these expectations conform the student body into one big group, instead of individual students. Although these expectations are meant to make students better people, schools are corrupting students’ individual learning experience by taking away their choices and teaching them that only success matters.
Every school has a student handbook, and within that handbook is a set of rules that a student must follow. These rules cover certain areas from dress to respect, but according to “Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why,” an essay by John Gatto, our schools “too often resemble prisons” (Gatto). These prisons, as Gatto calls them, are stifling children’s creativity. In his TED talk, “How…

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