The Public Education System In John Gatto's Against School

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The public education system needs to be reformed for the present and future students. In the article “Against School,” John Gatto writes about how the public education system currently established has declined in building character for the students in class. The public education system uses cell block style where students take six classes a day for five days a week while going to school for nine months year round. This causes both the teachers and the students to become bored with education. The teachers blame the students for being rude and unsupportive of them, whereas the students blame the teachers for giving the same material over and over when they would like to do something different. I agree with Gatto’s view on compulsory schooling, …show more content…
Students and teachers should be encouraged to approach education in a different way instead of using the same cell block style they currently use. Students are forced to take a standardized test to record what they have learned throughout the school year but in the United States, the standardized testing scores have scored low and keeps declining each year (Zinsmeister). Students should have fun while learning but not to the extent where academic classes are replaced by non-academic courses. If students are approached with a positive mindset to education they can improve on test scores. It is best that they are tested on their understanding and application of a key concept rather than being tested on what they memorized. With a positive approach to education, both students and teachers can enjoy learning instead of having a negative outlook on education. Schools are meant for a student to thrive in, to achieve success in life, not to make teachers and students alike miserable. The public school system should change its education style to one that will achieve academic success and be a pleasure to learn in instead of a forced learning system that has been used for years. Not only is the public education system declining as a whole but students’ cognition is as …show more content…
Public schools should follow an education style similar to a private school system. The public education system should be more relatable to those attending the school so they can have more motivation to learn the material. Students are not being critically challenged due to the fact that public education is becoming less complex, it directly affects the students’ cognition. Students should maintain their creativity in a learning environment instead of being similar to other students. When the public education system finally decides to listen to the outcries of both the teachers and students, the learning environment will become far more positive, influential, and

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