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Forget about it Forget about the mandatory attendance Forget about the curriculum Forget about exams Holt 86 88 Kids shouldnt be going to school just to get their degrees Henry III 136 They should be going to become more educated so that they can make educated decisions in their lives Schools need to change Learning in a prison cell was probably easier for Malcolm X than learning in some of the schools of New York City I believe if we let kids learn what they want when they want and how they want theyll learn more We have some schools in America that are great They have good teachers plenty of supplies small class sizes and nice buildings with big windows Unfortunately a school district is only as good as its weakest link In Savage Inequalities Kozol tells how he takes a trip to District 10 in New York City to compare three grade schools He finds two out of three schools to be below satisfactory A principal at one of the schools Kozol visited has to thank God that his teachers are still breathing 114 Obviously this principle does not feel he has the best teaching staff At this school there is not enough textbooks for everyone so some kids have to share 115 Both of these poor schools have too many kids 115 117 One school is an old skating rink and the other uses its gym for classes 114 117 Kids are forced to go to these awful schools Its like they have to go to prison Malcolm X tells about his time in prison in A Homemade Education With the aid of a dictionary Malcolm taught himself enough words so that he was able to read the books in the prison library He enjoyed his ability to learn from books and took advantage of it I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me I knew right
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