School Is Bad For Children John Holt Summary

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John Holt’s “School Is Bad for Children” They say everyone’s opinions matter, but in an academic school setting, opinions are irrelevant. In John Holt’s “School Is Bad for Children”, the author addresses the problem of the public education system. Holt portrays the schools by saying that they kill children’s curiosity about life, and goes to show his personal reaction since he himself is a teacher and educational theorist. An analysis of “School Is Bad for Children” reveals that not only his personal characteristics and his underlying message about education, but that the rhetorical strategies engage the reader and that the reader can grasp the author’s message about the flaws of education. Holt’s personal characteristics
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The type of genre used in this work was nonfiction essay. This type of genre is used when the author wants to make a point over an issue. It is very important for this work because that is Holt’s sole purpose, to make a point about education. Holt’s exigence played a huge role in this work. Holt got fed up with the education system that he was forced to teach to young children and he saw what it does to these young minds trying to grow and learn. This causes the author to have a message in his work. Holt is revealing to us the flaws of the education system and how we need to be aware that today’s education that is making the children be afraid of even having their own opinions on things and killing their imaginations and curiosity about this world we live on. Holt’s purpose that he was hoping to make an impact on lives by revealing the truth about education. He hopes for a world where students can express themselves freely without being disciplined and being graded by their …show more content…
Holt uses an abundant of strategies in his essay. Holt exclaims, “He learns to be bored, to work with a small part of his mind, to escape from the reality around him into daydreams and fantasies - but not like the fantasies of his preschool years, in which he played a very active part.”(73) Which shows the rhetorical strategy of logos. The audience can sense logic in that quotation because sitting in public school for eight straight hours with minimum amount of sleep really causes students to doze off into space. Holt also writes, “In this dull and ugly place, where nobody ever says anything very truthful, where everybody is playing a kind of role, as in a charade.”(74) Which shows the rhetorical strategy of pathos. The reader can sense a feeling of emotions, engaging themselves in the mental image of

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