The statement says, “I don’t mean education, just forced schooling: six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years. ”(34) This comment really says a lot about how our schooling systems work and how they forced upon the kids of America. The real question is “What exactly is the purpose of our public schools? ” (34) The answer that Gatto came up with was three reasons: to make good people, to make good citizens, to make each person his/ her personal best. (35) These reasons have nothing to do with what our public schools.
We are who we are, we don’t need to have schools tell us who and what we need to be and we need to live among one another. As far as education goes that’s something you can learn with time and experience. I think this article really opened up my outlook on “schooling” and “education” and what the difference really are between the two. I think that this article that Gatto published was something that needed to be seen and overlooked by many parents and the Americans of the U. S to see if schooling is really something that we need, and or is it education that gets you somewhere in life?