Analysis Of ' Against School ' By John Taylor Gatto

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The average human would think that going to school and getting an education are the two key items needed to make it in life. Another common belief is, the higher someone goes with their education, the more successful they ought to be. Some may even question if school really makes anyone smarter or not. In order to analyze it, there needs to be recognition of ethos, which is the writer 's appeal to their own credibility, followed by pathos that appeals to the writer’s mind and emotions, and lastly, logos that is a writer’s appeal to logical reasoning. While using the three appeals, I will be analyzing “Against School” an essay written by John Taylor Gatto that gives a glimpse of what modern day schooling is like, and if it actually help kids learn or not. Although Gatto uses logos in a very strong way, and pathos in a well manner to defend his argument on the twelve year system, there is quite a lack of ethos therefore, the essay doesn’t sound so credible. The logical reasonings that Gatto made throughout the essay are very important to the “Against School” topic. The logos appeal, is the appeal to logic and reason that give further insight to the writer 's argument. He gives many reasons as to why he thinks school isn’t helping the children at all in a positive way. For example, Gatto states “ Boredom is the common condition of schoolteachers, and anyone who has spent the time in a teachers’ lounge can vouch for the low energy, the whining, the dispirited attitudes, to be found there. When asked why theyfeel bored the teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect. Who wouldn’t get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades.” (Gatto 273). He argues here that the boredom in teachers and students rec... ... middle of paper ... ... Is this deadly routine necessary? And if so, for what?” (Gatto 273). Gatto really enforces his emotion here; along with his opinion as to why is all this schooling necessary and mandated by law. He is attempting to make the audience question the American school system on whether it truly benefits kids or not. Gatto also makes a clear statement on how he feels about mandatory schooling and why he feels it is not all that mandatory. In sum, John Taylor Gatto did a great job in using both the pathos and logos appeal on his essay. Although he was very weak in using ethos, he still got his argument across in a very clear manner with an emotional connection that wasn’t too harsh or overly sentimental. Gatto had many logical reasonings that were valid to his argument and went along exactly with what he was saying about schooling and it’s affect on both kids and teachers.
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