Idiot Nation Essay

995 WordsAug 30, 20104 Pages
In America, the people are all in agreement that everyone needs to receive a free education. After this free education is completed, high school graduates are urged to go on to college. This leads many people to believe that it will help our country reach the goal of becoming a smarter nation. However, in his essay Idiot Nation, Michael Moore argues that the exact opposite is occuring. We are becoming a nation full of idiots. Sadly, Michael Moore is correct. The majority of the people in this country are, indeed, idiots. This is due to the nation’s poor educational system and the people’s lack of gratitude and motivation. First of all, America’s standards of education are far lower than several other countries. In other…show more content…
Moore suggests to “walk into any public school, and the odds are good that you’ll find overflowing classrooms, leaking ceilings, and demoralized teachers” (156). A school’s environment is what sets the mood for learning. So if the environment is bad, it can only be expected for the students to not be as cooperative as they would be if they were in a proper environment. This means that schools must provide resources that contain correct and up-to-date information. All schools need to have a good library, computer lab, and recent textbooks. Moore explains that “in 1 out of 4 schools, you’ll find students “learning” from textbooks published in the 1980s — or earlier” (156). How can students be expected to learn if they are given false information? The schools must have come to a unanimous decision that it would be better to waste students’ time some other way instead of making them learn from those outdated textbooks. Instead of the students being in the classroom trying to learn like they are supposed to be, they often find themselves assembled together in the auditorium or in the gymnasium. Of course, some of these assemblies are for an important matter. And it’s okay to get out of class every now and then to attend a pep rally before a huge game or for a special presentation. But, the assembly is usually completely unnecessary. Does the
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