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Lauren WilliamsJan RiemanEnglish 1101xApril 3, 2010³Schooled´ vs. ³Educated´In our country today, most of us follow the same path growing up. We all have at leasttwelve years of the standard ³schooling´ and some continue their education on into college andgraduate school for whatever individual reasons. John Taylor Gatto gives the people his opinionof the standard ³schooling´ in his essay,
³
Against School
Gatto believes that public schoolseverywhere are giving children a crippling education. Growing up I was forced to learn the same boring materials repeatedly and teachers held my hand all the way through high school. This is ahuge problem because more and more kids are being taught to never truly grow up.Gatto¶s beliefs on the public education system is very true in the eyes of many who havealso had to endure the same teaching guidelines and the same boring material five days a week,one hundred and eighty days a year. As I child, I was constantly bored with the same repetitiveroutine day after day. I was caught on numerous accounts daydreaming or doodling all over mynotebooks. Gatto claims, ³Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, asoften as I did,
why
they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it. They said they wanted to be doingsomething real, not just sitting around.´
 
(33). Millions of kids across the United States of America can relate to this statement made by J
 
ohn Taylor Gatto. Children are becoming bored
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No ital
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Best way to say this?
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Just need pg # and to punctuatethis with the period after the ( )
 
with the same classroom structure and class work, during the school week. It is time that schools begin to change things up and give their students exciting, new, and adventurous learningopportunities. Children need to be able to explore their surroundings and learn things that theycan carry through all walks of their lives so that they may really be educated. Some individualscan go through school and barely get by simply because they feel no need to do all the busy work that is many times forced upon students. This is not to say that this individual is not smart or educated because they very well may be. Today children are determined smart by the standardtesting that is in place in schools. Whether or not a person is truly educated should not depend ontheir grades or how much and what type of schooling they have received.Gatto states, ³Accept mortality, knowing that every choice affects the generations tocome.
 
´(Gatto) Children and teens are often pushed from day one to go to college after theygraduate high school. Society portrays college as a necessary task to have a successful and prosperous life. Someone who never attended college but is talented in a specific area has all the potential to work in the area they are talented in. Where one ends up in life depends on what their individual goals are and if they reached those goals, not because of where they went to school.The most powerful statement J
 
ohn Taylor Gatto makes, comes from his work titled, ³12 ThingsReally Educated People Know.´ He finds that really educated people will always ask: ³Who amI? Where are my limits? What are my possibilities?´(Gatto) Anyone who knows the answers tothese questions truly knows themselves and is educated in an extraordinary way. These are the people who will not be afraid to learn and explore, and these will be the individuals who willtruly make a difference in the w
 
orld.Gatto makes many valuable points in his writings that many can take and learn from. Heexplains to everyone what it means to really be educated in our society. School systems all
 
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d love to see this para moreintent on proving one point You start with boredomand end with standardized testing and intelligence
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m not clear on how all thisrelates to the Gatto quote that you begin with
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true
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as with previous para,
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want toknow how this ties into your overall point. What
sthe message you have oin this para?
 
across the country should seriously take into consideration the crippling effect they are having ontheir students with the teaching methods and the set curriculum that is being forced upon thechildren. Encourage kids everywhere to venture out on their own and try to teach themselvessomething. Who knows, maybe students in America will become their own teachers of education.With this last big paper, I really put my own flare on it. I loved this essay because itreally hit home with me. It is sad that our schools are set up like this but that¶s just how it is. Ireally hope that you can see the points I was trying to make. I think the structure of this paper is better than the ones before and I really tried to stay with the point of my paper. I completelyagree with everything Gatto says. Can¶t you tell;) Anyways I hope that I have improved and letme know the areas I was weak in. I believe I was also aware of my audience, and I did use ³I´ but it was for personal experience.Lauren,I¶m so glad to hear how excited you are about this paper! You have some great ideashere and are clearly passionate about your topic. There are a few areas I¶d encourage you to look at in revision: one, I don¶t think that your current thesis fits what you do in the paper (³This is ahuge problem because more and more kids are being taught to never truly grow up.´) Think whatthesis would fit what you are saying here. Two, really think about how you¶ve organized your  paper and what each paragraph¶s purpose is. I¶ve tried to ask some guiding questions along theway. I¶ll be really interested to see a next draft if you choose to revise this.
 
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M
aybe!

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