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Against School-Engaging The Text

1. Question: Why does Gatto think that school is boring and childish? How does Gatto’s depiction of school compare with your own elementary and secondary school experience?

Answer: Gatto thinks school is boring because the teachers and students are bored with material. The students say they already know the material. I can compare my school experience to Gatto’s depiction of school. My experience in elementary was a breeze and easy. Then I entered secondary school and was shocked. I was shocked that I had nobody to hold my hand and tell me what to do. I was given assignments and dues dates. It was up to me to get them done in time. My teacher’s taught me with their opinion, I really didn’t learn by that kind of teaching. But I read the text and studied hard, a way that I learn the best.

2. Question: What, according to Gatto, are the six unstated purposes of public schooling? To what extent does your own prior educational experience support this bleak view of American education? Answer: The six unstated purposes of public schooling are as follows 1. Adjustive or adaptive function: more discipline then educating 2. The Integrating function: being made to be someone you are not 3. The Diagnostic and Directive Function: a lot of testing 4. The Differentiating Function: teachers holding back the students and not letting them achieve their goals 5. The Selective Function: students are being put down and not able to succeed 6. The Propaedeutic: students are taught to be robots and to do what they are told and not ask questions.

This view sort of pertains to me. I was taught by the teacher’s liberal views and opinions. I was raised to respect to others opinions. But I don’t give into the thought or idea that I am to learn and think because my teacher told me so. I did my work and did quite well without using their opinions.

3. Question: To what extent would you agree that we really...
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