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Is Compulsory School a Heaven or a Hell?

Liuyi Yang(Northeast Normal University, China)
Yujie Liu(Harbin University, China)


With the development of education and the society revolution, in the last few years, the word “freedom” has been discussed intensely, and the debates on some items like human rights, racial discrimination and political liberty have never stopped. At the same time, the discussion of freedom in the feld of education is also rising. This article quotes Lynda Barry and John Taylor Gatto’s paper, clearly analyzing the effect of compulsory education through 3 aspects: national identity, creative approach and personal psychology.


Compulsory education;Human rights;Education wisdom;Educational equity

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“Piaget and Bruner’s Harmony and Integration and Development——On the Triple Depth of Basic Theories of Educational Technology” Zheng Xudong, Chen Rong, Ouyang Chenchen. Huazhong Normal University School of Education and Information Technology.

John Taylor Gato. “Objection against the school.” Harpers Magazine, 2003.

“Research on American Compulsory Education Reform under the Vision of Fairness” Wang Yu. Southwest University.

“International Law Research on the Protection of Children’s Rights” Wang Yongmin. East China University of Political Science and Law.

“On the obligation of compulsory education” Guo Wei. Xiangtan University.

“The Responsibility of Compulsory Education of Governments at Different Levels in the United States and Its Enlightenment to China” Yan Yanqun. Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics.



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