School the great Equalizer
In his essay, “I should have never quit school';, D. DeMott rejects the myth that all social
classes receive the same education. He supports his essay by denying that the stating line is the
same for all students in the American educational system. DeMott begins his essay by giving us
an example of the mythological belief that school is a fair institution where everyone begins at the
same starting line. Next, DeMott gives general ideas about the American publics denials, and the
educational system, provides for students. To support these denials DeMott gives us some
assumptions of the general public’s beliefs on education.
The first assumption is about intelligence, an individual is college material, intellectual
because he/she was born smart and it’s up them to take advantage of it, and that teachers see this
genetic trait. According to your intellectual level the school system will see this and place you in
the proper educational training which best sues you.
The next assumption is that your community motivates lower class students to attend
institutions of higher education by providing them with financial assistance. The difference of the
social economic level of the community abilities to provide for the student differs in how much the
town can invest in your education. The inequality differs in the sense that wealthy communities
see as smartness as a gift. Your occupation is determined by you level of intelligence. Poor people
don’t share these ideas. The rich believe that if they tax themselves heavily, they will produce
better quality of students, they call this fairness.
DeMott then analyzes American education by its beginnings and how this question of
education being equal came to be. The belief that immigrants saw that in order to be Americans
you needed an education, therefore there are many different ways different people from different
backgrounds apply the education system, and that one system is better than the other. The
education systems are divided, and approach different views between the rich and the poor.
Autonomy was the question...