Essay # 1 Conformity

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Society should utilize larger levels of conformity and dependency in schools because it helps to prepare students for the real world and society. You must learn your place in schools and in society to be accepted as part of society. Compulsory schooling doesn't teach children, but instead teaches them to conform to society. (Gatto, John, "The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher." Reading Life: A Writer's Reader, Boston, MA: Publisher's Design and Production Services, 2005. Pgs. 362-371.) An example of this is the school dress code. Dress codes allow students to conform, to be part of the crowd, to find a place in the hierarchy. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Dress codes, as a type of conformity, prepare students for the real world. Students need to learn to conform to society, or they will be labeled as an outcast. Conformity is the only way that humans as social animals can function. In order to find a good job in the future, prospering students must conform to what society expects of them. They must conform to the rules and to the dress code of their future jobs. No casual Fridays here. They must learn to do what society expects of them, to do otherwise would be considered taboo. Even when you go into a grocery store, you must conform to their expectations: "No shoes, no shirt, no service". Teaching students to conform is a crucial lesson if they are going to survive in this world. Conformity is not only found in dress codes, it is also found in the classrooms at school. Gatto states "that everyone has a place in the pyramid and there is no way out of your class position except by number magic. Failing that, you must stay where you are put". (Gatto, John, "The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher." Reading Life: A Writer's Reader, Boston, MA: Publisher's Design and Production Services, 2005. Pgs. 362-371.) In this example, conformity is being taught early on in the classroom. Everyone has a place in the pyramid, which is representative of society. However, how much conformity...
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