Creative Thought and American Education Reform

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My theory is that the American education system is acting repressively and its purpose doesn't have anything to do with learning at all. Its current purpose is to keep Amerians relatively uneducated, especially students who live in urban areas, struggle with language barriers, come from families of poverty, or have parents in the working class. As a result, the current system perpetuates social inequality and deepens gaps of wealth. It is a mechanism of government control; people who are wealthy either live in areas with effective public schools or can afford to send their children elsewhere. Our public schools enforce widespread sameness because, in theory, the more homogeneous a society is, the easier it is to control. Our schools have few advocates in positions of power, and public schools are in dire need of reconstruction to better address the multitude of current problems within their own institutions instead of stubbornly obstructing much-needed national change in the interest of individuals.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Creativity, Honors thesis, Education, Schools, Politics, Government, Education reform