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Did you ever wonder what the true objectives of a public school system are Sure they want to give knowledge to children as well as make them future good citizens of our society However John Taylor Gatto has some different opinions on the subject He is the author of Against School How public education cripples our kids and why and in this article he discusses possible ulterior motives for our public schools In fact our current public school system is entirely based upon the educational system of the military state of Prussia According to Mr Gatto the true objective of a public school system is to produce mediocre intellects to hamstring the inner life to deny students appreciable leadership skills and to ensure docile and incomplete citizens- all in order to render the populace manageable School systems do this in a variety of ways but the three most common are the integrating direction and selection functions A good example of the school systems true motives is the integrating function The object of this is to make all children as similar as possible Why would they do this It stifles creativity individualism and leadership Unfortunately thats exactly what the public school system wants It makes everyone conform together and people who conform are considered predictable Therefore there wont be rebels anarchists etc to oppose the teachers and the system The students who conform will do whatever the teachers tell them to do which in essence is training them for their future jobs Having learned to conform at an early age people will be able to be manipulated by their future bosses easier They become easy to handle in the workplace Conformity is not the only objective for a public school system Schools also use a diagnostic and directive function which is meant to determine a role in the social world for every student For example students who perform poorly throughout their years in school will
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