One of the more salient points that Gatto makes is that when you look at the history of government-run, compulsory education, the original intent was to cultivate good factory workers who easily conform to a schedule and meet production goals. Most people would agree that this doesn't make much sense in our modern American society yet the public school system has changed little over the years (except to perhaps become more confining, restrictive and monotonous).
|English: School children doing exams inside a classroom, 1940. Children sitting at their school desks in a classroom doing scholarship examinations, 16 April 1940. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Sir Ken Robinson has the number one most watched TedTalk, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" A whiteboard presentation of another of his talks called "Changing Education Paradigms" (embedded below) clearly demonstrates our issues with public school.