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Transcript: Why Schools Don't Educate by John Taylor Gatto 1.) "The children I teach are ahistorical; they have no sense of how the past has predestined their own present, limiting their choices,shaping their values and lives." Does school/education matter? John Taylor Gatto is an American school teacher who has taught in New York public schools for 25 years and he outlines the impact television and schools have on children According to John he believes the present control of children life are television and schools. Is this true? John's theory is that both television and schooling reduce the real world of wisdom, fortitude, temperance & justice. Do you agree with this statement? HW due Via BlackBoard Connection to Previous Text: Who is black, My sister Keeper (The Video) Connections to Video: The video is brief, it explains how students aren't all to blame for the academic decline. In reality many factors play into the schooling system and the way students learn. Example is school condition, which is explain in the first few minutes of the video. REFLECTIONS In my opinion, I agree with John's points but disagree with the title " Why Schools Don't Educate". I think it depends on the school itself or the individual. There are some schools that have higher standards, levels of curriculum or requirements. However there are some schools that have less standards, which would of course result in not educating. It's either some schools take education serious and educate or some don't. Not only is the school to blame a 100% but it can also be the individual. In our generation (some not all) doesn't take full advantage of education. Its basically a win/win situation, either the school is serious about education or you as the student isn't serious. 13 As a teacher, John had his own perspectives on the effects that schools and television have on children. 2.)"The children I teach are cruel to each other, they lack compassion for misfortune, they laugh at weakness, they have contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly." Which is it, either the schools are not educating or the students are uninterested in learning? 3.) " The children I teach are materialistic, following the lead of schoolteachers who materialistically "grade" everything-& television mentors who offers everything in the world for sale." ANY THOUGHTS OR OPINIONS FROM ANY OF THESE POINTS? I believe that the article, Why Schools Don't Educate should be renamed to Students Need Better Priorities. John Taylor expresses his opinion in the article about television and schooling in a broad or opinionated manner. I believe that the way to tell if schooling educates a student is based on more then television and grades. Environments and home factors affect the way a child learns and the manner. Also some children have no motivation to learn; they find school as a punishment and everything they learn is unless. According to John, students are prepped and put on schedule based on his statics. He puts to much into the way students act and what they do; instead of focusing on what has the students attention at the time. Say school doesn't educate students is like saying maturity goes make a person appearance alter.

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