Freedom Writers Reflection

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Do you believe that the modern day public school system truly is a good system, or that it should be changed? In the essay, “Against School” author John Taylor Gatto, Presents Public Education as a broken System. Conversely, Mrs. Gruwell in the film Freedom Writers goes above and beyond the standards of education that Gatto critiques. Another author Mike Rose, who wrote“ I Just Want to be Average"that nobody should want to be an "average" person. He believes everyone should set high standards for their self and go above and beyond to achieve them. However, sometimes the school system places limits on who or how far a certain individual can go. However the two purpose’s of schooling used in the movie, but not only as a basis but will be surpassed…show more content…
People who conform are predictable, and this is of great use to those who wish to harness and manipulate a large labor force”(Gatto 119). It relates to my thesis because it talks about how she exceeds the expectations of the school system standards. Which can be interpreted as saying that every student should be the same and in that classroom 203 and not one of those student were like the next. Ms. Gruwell has done much much more than help them publish their stories For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn 't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to understand what she 's up against. It isn 't until she provides an assignment of writing a daily journal which will be not graded, and will remain unread by her unless they so choose hat the students begin to open up to her in the book The Freedom Writers…show more content…
Everyone should set higher standards for their self and go above and beyond to achieve them. However, sometimes the school system places limits on who or how far a certain individual can go. School systems forget how powerful a layered or important knowledge is. It can take you from your present situation and place no limits on where you want to go. You shouldn 't want to be "Average" you should want to be “Astounding !’ '. Therefore In his essay “Against School," John Gatto makes it clear that he does not believe that schooling is necessary. He gives examples of famous, intelligent people, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, who accomplished great things without getting their education in school. Gatto is not saying that children do not need to be educated. The point to the essay is to shed light on how schools are not the most efficient way to educate children and that schools do more harm than good. Gatto introduces what he believes are the six main purposes of schools. These purposes are to teach children how to respond to authority, to teach them how to conform, to determine one’s social role or status, to only be trained for the amount necessary based on the given social role, to make it clear who is unfit based on the role, and to teach only a select number of students how to run this system. The ideas he
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