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Emma Hobson

1. According to Holt, formal education harms the child by teaching them by forcing them to learn as if they haven’t been learning their whole life. It makes them feel like their self worth is lowered and that they must only take orders from others to succeed and not think for themselves. 2. Some of Holt’s ideas to improve the public education system would be to not make attendance so strict. He thinks that we should allow a decent amount of authorized absences. Another suggestion was to get the kids out of the building and have them explore. This would really open up their world and opportunities. These alternatives would be better than the status quo because kids who do not want to be at school are not going to learn anyway so if you give them some days off it wouldn’t be so strict and structured. Also if you let kids out of the building once in awhile they could get some hands on experience and really enjoy school. 3. John Taylor Gatto believes that the largest influences on a child’s life is television and schooling. These are bad things because everything is so focused and centered on these two things that the child never really gets to go out and explore and spend time on things that are important. Gatto thinks that the child should be out working, spending time in the community, developing relationships, and accomplishing things to better his future.

In my schooling experience I did come across a lot of the same strict order that Groening portrays. I have to say that I did not realize it until I read these articles and cartoons. We were setup in a way where what we had to say really didn’t matter to them and it was either this way or the highway. The curriculum was so rigid that that was all that mattered to the teachers and what we had to say about it was irrelevant. We were made to believe that we must take orders and thats the…...

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