Children who look different than the norm of their school have a harder time fitting in, making school a hostile environment. School systems are not addressing the fact that bullying is an actual problem. For some going to school is the worst part, rather than it being a place where they can feel safe.
Take for instance, Skyler Wren, he ended his own life because he could not deal with the pressures he was faced with at school. Not only was he bullied by students, but also by his teachers and staff. Feeling as if everyone was against him, he felt he had no other choice in order to make things better for himself. He felt trapped in a situation that he had no way out of. School was not a safe place for him, it was the furthest thing from it. Even though school was a safe place for Barry, we cannot assume it is for everyone.
“Right answers are what the school wants, and he learns countless strategies for prying these answers out of the teacher, for conning her into thinking he knows what he doesn’t know.” (Holt 73). This quote from John Holt’s essay explains that students will find ways to manipulate the teachers into giving them the answers. It also explains how teachers will do whatever they …show more content…
After telling her story, towards the conclusion of her passage she states, “I wonder now when the country will face it’s children and say a pledge right back” (Barry 3). Throughout the entire essay the reader is informed as to how school can have a positive impact on a child’s life, but in closing they are left confused.
Education plays a vital role in our lives as many of us attend to it for more than a decade. Does school where children are forced to go to everyday have a positive impact on their lives? Everyone is unique in their own way and deserves to be accepted for who they are, alas it is known that is not always the case. Forcing children to go to a place they fear each day can be overbearing and harmful. Barry’s essay is written about her personal experience, which happened to be very positive. Not every child has a positive experience at school. She also fails to provide any proven facts as evidence to support her point of view. Research shows that many cases of kids influenced in negative ways at school have led to tragic outcomes. The organization of the paper also tends to confuse the audience. Public school is not the most ideal environment for all children, and forcing them to be