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In Against School John Taylor Gatto explores the question of whether public schooling should be mandatory Teaching in some of the worst schools in Manhattan and in some of the best for the past thirty years Gatto has become an expert in boredom The only way he can describe a students state of mind is boredom The students continually sit in class on a fixed schedule learning obvious material from teachers whom seem to care less about students who are vulgar and engrossed only in grades At the young age of seven Gatto was struck in the head by his grandfather for using the term boredom Boredom is the result of oneself and not that of someone else Gatto learned that it was his responsibility to mandate and be absorbed into school He does not oppose education but does not concur with students merely receiving schooling Although teachers and students may feel discomfort in school students should be conformed to attend schools in order to help them develop broad knowledge for use in our competitive society todayGatto claims that taking six classes a day five days a week nine months a year for twelve years is really unnecessary There are plenty of prominent people such as George Washington Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln who have not gone through twelve years of schooling students receive today yet they have made an impact in American history In the 21st century success is perceived to have a direct correlation with schooling however history contradicts this Mandatory schooling really hit the spot in the early 20th century in order to make people good natives and to express individualism According to H L Mencken our modern mandatory educational system is that of Prussian decent The Prussians only wanted to produce students with average intelligence remove valuable individual skills and to deteriorate ones potential of becoming someone unique Alexander Inglis author of the book Principles of Secondary Education makes
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