Stern & Adler Essay

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Andraea Pittman
Eng 101-103
In his essay, “What They Learn in School “, Jerome Stern states that schools are instilling in children “not to question, not to challenge, not to imagine.” By this statement, the author is saying that the curriculum the teachers are teaching the students is very one-sided and hypocritical. By saying that, I mean that instead of teaching students all sides of an entire subject, there are parts taken out based on what the board of education deems inappropriate. In my opinion, physical, mental and emotional freedoms play a very large part in receiving an education but in a controlled state. As long as the freedom is on a topic and is not completely random, then I feel that it is a very useful tool. Especially for teaching children because, they have very vivid imaginations and need to express themselves. In some sense, I believe that Mortimer J. Adler would agree that education could lead to some sense of freedom for an individual. In his essay, he states “ The young can be prepared for education in the years to come, but only mature men and women can become educated , beginning the process in their 40’s and 50’s and reaching some modicum of genuine, insight, sound judgment and practical wisdom after they have turned 60.” Although it may come later on in life, education offers some sort of freedom to those who possess it.

In Sterns monologue, he discusses the contradiction of the schools wanting their students to be educated, but yet the things that the schools want students to be aware of are the same things that they are unwilling to teach them. It was once said that, “Ignorance is bliss.” I disagree with this completely because; to be uninformed means that one cannot form an educated opinion because they have nothing to base it on. A particular quote that stood out to me from Stern’s piece is, “And they want to warn them about how not to get AIDS, But that would mean telling them how not to get AIDS... “From personal...
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