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Of the three essays we read for class, I thought that “Against School” and “Still Separate, Still Unequal” touched on similar themes and explored grade school education in New York City. “Against School” is about how students aren’t getting the proper education nowadays and how it prevents them from growing up because they are surrounded by other kids. On page 152, he says public education “…produce[s] mediocre intellects…” (Gatto, 152). He also puts a whole set of standards of public education and what it tries to achieve. It is all very formulaic and robotic. The author uses personal experience as well as outside sources from different people. He also includes plenty of personal reflection on the topic. On the other hand, “Still Separate, Still Unequal” focuses on the gap between education gives to blacks and Hispanics and the education provided for white people. It also talks about the segregation within the public school system: there are some schools that are filled with 90% or more black or Hispanic students. He also talks the standardized aspect of public school education and the emphasis of weird disciplinary measures, such as how Mr. Endicott shushes his students. Kozol interviews elementary school children and high school children as well as teachers themselves. He also observes how the classrooms function and he comments on how the children act. The last piece is called “In the Basement of the Ivory Tower” is about an English teacher’s experience teaching low level English classes to adults in a college. He laments on how he has to fail some students because their papers are so bad. This narrator focuses almost entirely on his own personal feelings and observations. He is very present throughout the story and his voice are strongly there.

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~ by papoufruit on March 28, 2014.

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