When answering questions, you should provide 1-2 thoughtful sentences using 12 point font. The answers should explain important ideas, provide insight, and include supporting examples. In other words, you are demonstrating your critical thinking skills.
Hit reply at the bottom and you can type your answers into the text box. Please make sure to number each response according to the questions on the list. Make sure to proofread your work before you post it.
After you have posted your responses, you will then need to read at least 2 other students’ responses and reply back. When you reply back to a student, you only need to reply to one of the student’s responses, not all of them. When you post a reply to a student, click on “Reply” underneath his or her text box. Do not respond to a student in your answers to the questions. When responding, you should provide 1-2 thoughtful paragraphs. A paragraph should be at least 7-8 sentences using 12 point font.
Note: You will not be able to edit or delete your post, so please make sure to proofread your work before you post it. You may also want to create your post in a Word document and save it, and then copy and paste it into the text box.
To get full credit, you have until Friday, January 8th to post your answers and reply to 2 students. Please be thoughtful and insightful!
What do you think of Gatto’s argument? Do you think that American public education (K-12) is designed to squash independence and critical thinking in students? Why or why not? Please explain your opinion and provide either real or hypothetical examples to support your opinion.
Do you think the American education system creates a passive population of workers and consumers? Why or why not? Please explain your opinion and provide either real or hypothetical examples to support your opinion.
To what extent does your own prior educational experience support this bleak view of American education? How does Gatto’s depiction of school compare with your own elementary or high school experience?
How many parents, in your estimation, have the time, experience and resources to make Holt’s ideal education of homeschooling a reality? What are some practical things that Holt may overlook or take for granted regarding parents’ ability to homeschool their children?
Due: Friday, January 8th
Worth: 20 points (Please see the rubric for a breakdown of points. The rubric can be found under the “gear” icon in the upper-right hand corner of the Discussion Board. Click on “Show Rubric.”)