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the success he has reached without finishing school and the focus onone demographic and one educational program weakens the strength of hisargument The idea of the current school system failing most of its students is avalid and true argument Rather than truly teaching students the properknowledge and skills to move onto the next level the huge educationalsystem seems to be more focused on passing students to the next gradeCoates explains that he grew up in a home environment that supportededucation and academic success by the encouragement to do homework payattention in class and get good grades So how did he end up droppingout of school Did he get overlooked in school Did the school systemultimately fail him Due to the success that Coates has reached in the field of journalismthe school system did not fail him entirely He describes how hisability to personalize his work something he could not do in schoolhas allowed him to be successful at this point in is life Being a goodjournalist is not just based on a pieces content but it is alsodependent upon the quality of writing Obviously while in schoolCoates had to learn good writing techniques because the fundamentals ofgood writing are not something we inherit at birth He does not mentionany tutors or mentors later in life so his success as a journalist wasdependent upon acquiring these skills while in school Coates seeshimself as the exception to every stereotype and to the outcome of mostdrop-out students and in some ways this may be true By attributingthis to just his ability to personalize his work which happened yearsafter he dropped out of school his ideas are almost hypocritical whichweakens his argument Coates also explores the idea of insufficient teaching methods that donot maximize each students learning abilities He says Teachersgenerally work on a mass-production model- if 30 kids are in the classthe goal is to find the method that will allow the highest percentage ofthem
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