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Gatto's Rhetorical Analysis

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Gatto is a far left libertarian who believe that schools are harmful to American society, yet he doesn’t provide substantial evidence in order to argue his point. In his article, he goes out of his way to show how bad public schools are, but only uses his personal experience instead of actual facts to back up his points. Throughout his whole article, he shows multiple mistakes that proves his opinion to be inconclusive. Gatto claims that schools are harmful to American society, yet he doesn’t provide substantial evidence in order to argue his point. Gatto cited sources that only benefited his argument and provided credibility to his statements alone. He then goes on a rant to say that schools are prisons with their “cell-block-style, forced…show more content…
Throughout his essay, he is consistently trying to convince/persuade us to reject public school as a whole while taking control of our kids education. He states that “school trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers”(Gatto). He wants parents to take the lead in helping their children become as great as they can be, they can work a job that may have not been invented yet. Gatto is trying to prove that school doesn’t do anything for children. He then proceeds to give a list of people who didn’t go to school yet they in time became successful, such as: Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington,…show more content…
His lack of factual evidence and personal feelings along with his presumption about what a person's family life should be like does not make for a compelling argument. Public school doesn’t affect how children learn or how they will be in the future and homeschooling will not make a child better than if they were put in public school. As long as a child is given an equal opportunity and extra help when needed, then no child is at a different level, and there are ways to make school less boring for children. There is nothing wrong with the basic functions of public school and it has lead to successful students. As a whole, John Taylor Gatto did not provide enough evidence to make the point of how bad public schooling is for children and the
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