The Burden Of Skepticism By Carl Sagan Essay

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A skeptical attitude amongst students in public schools is needed to break the structure of the school system imposed by the government. According to Carl Sagan in his article titled “The Burden of Skepticism,” he believes skepticism is important, and should be exhibited in school systems to help children succeed in life. This idea echoes John Gatto in his article “Against School,” because he believes the corrupted education system in America is causing our children to become products of the government. In order to recognize the control the school system has over students, and change the structure of public schools, skepticism is an essential asset among students. In order for citizens to acknowledge the control public school systems have over their students, a sense of wonder must be present to guide children’s education. First, Gatto believes the American public school systems are mass-producing children, causing students to think similarly without questioning the school systems. He states, "Our schools are . . . factories in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned.. . . And it is the business of the school to build its pupils according to the specifications laid down" (Gatto 8). Since the school system is mass-producing children to think and act alike, skepticism is being eliminated. Sagan talks about the sense of wonder and the emotion children feel while using their instincts of skepticism. He states, “All children feel it. In a first grade…

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