Analysing the Shortcomings of the US Public School System

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In Michael Moore’s “Idiot Nation,” the harsh reality behind American education remains quite evident in “the knowledge (students) acquire in school is not going to serve them throughout their lifetimes. Many of them will have four to five careers in a lifetime. It will be their ability to navigate information that will matter” (Moore 141). According to Moore, American education today by no means prepares students for the real world of work. In fact, he infers that students must acquire the acute skill of navigating through information that will guide them into their future careers. The American school system not only teaches students unnecessary material, but also does not stimulate principle qualities that students need in order to develop into bright, innovative, and independent individuals. Structured public education does not breed entrepreneurial spirit; but rather, it destroys it. For what seems like endless years, teachers brainwash students to abide by certain rules, complete homework, and accept discipline rather than learn. They simply learn to submerge their unique personalities under the sort of “totalitarian dictatorship,” which the American school has come to represent implicitly (Moore 147). Because present-day American schools do not promote intelligence, creativity, and individuality, they fail to prepare their students for the modernized, competitive world of labor, in which an idea parallel to Herbert Spencer’s “survival of the fittest” holds strong. In addition, there exists a noticeable decline in libraries in America. Michael Moore explains that “kids deprived of access to good libraries are also being kept from developing the information skills they need to keep up in workplaces that are increasingly depe... ... middle of paper ... ...itical Thinking and Writing. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 132-40. Print. Peterson, Paul, Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann, and Janice Riddell. ""Student Achievement Gains in U.S. Fail to Close International Achievement Gap"."Education Next. n. page. Print. Simon, Stephanie. "Do American Public Schools Really Stink? Maybe Not - POLITICO.com Print View." POLITICO. POLITICO LLC, 21 Sept. 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . Tannen, Deborah. "The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue." Comp. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 219-37. Print. Tienken, Christopher. "International Comparisons of Innovation and Creativity." Kappa Delta Pi. n. page. Print.

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