THE EXHAUSTED SCHOOL: “How Did We Ever Come to Believe that the State Should Tell Our Children What to Think?” John Taylor Gatto Keep in mind as I. John Taylor Gatto[1] (born December 15, [2]) is an American author and former. 24 The Exhausted School-Excerpts-John Taylor Gatto John Taylor Gatto on what’s wrong with college. including Dumbing Us Down, The Exhausted School, A Different Kind of Teacher, and The.

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What’s happening is that each subordinate level that has to give permission is on thin ice. My question concerns what I seem to see as an apparent exausted between the acknowledged purpose of the school systems as they now stand and the stated belief that they can in fact be altered without actually altering the primary purposes of society.

Using school as a sorting mechanism, we appear to be on the way to creating a caste system, complete with untouchables who wander through subway trains begging, and sleep upon the streets. Two institutions control our children’s lives – television and schooling, probably in that order. Open Preview See a Problem? And here, using the essentially the same methods, but it took a lot longer and I was an older man, but using essentially the same methods, the kids began to lose their “kid” quality and began to become people and have a vested interest in developing their hhe and spirits and characters as far as they could.

The reading racket, in particular, has marked schoool burgeoning home school movement for legal sanctions because the presence of nearly a million children who’ve taught themselves to read, soundly and happily, creates a clear and present danger to the “whole world” crowd and to the “phonics” crowd alike.

If I can read between the lines, you deviated from the standard curriculum that the administration wanted? Contents For Immediate Release October During my talk a young man about 25 years old stood up in the back of the room and said in a tormented voice, “I’m 25 years old and have two college degrees.


Retrieved 18 March We are a home schooling family for many years, and I guess in a sense I’d like to explain why it is we home school. We live in networks, not communities. That this bizarre and disturbing behavior that kids, not only poor kids, but really prosperous kids in New York were producing, was a direct result of their lives being stripped of significant experiences, confined in these abstract cells for all of their natural youth, and set a diet of low-level abstractions.

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John Taylor Gatto

So what miracle happened? A senator’s office contended not too long ago exhzusted prior to compulsory government schooling the literacy rate in Massachusetts was 98 percent, but after it the figure never again reached above 91 percent. It was resisted, sometimes with guns, by an estimated 80 percent of the Massachusetts population. The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.

John Taylor Gatto

This demented schedule is an efficient way to create dependent human beings, needy people unable to fill their own hours, unable to initiate lines of meaning to give substance and pleasure to their existence. Keely O’Connor rated it it was amazing Aug 24, I spoke in southern Illinois last week.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Berkeley Hills Books- Education – pages. The final and longest essay, by Gatto himself, seems to take some odd ideas for granted, like that our country has a terrible crisis of “stranger adoption” a term I assume he uses in order to contrast this phenomenon with adoption by family members or, possibly, family friends.

Brendan’s grammar school 50 years ago! He worked as a writer and held several odd jobs before borrowing his roommate’s license to investigate teaching.

Scientific positivism, as it used to be called, wanted the calculus changed and Horace Mann and Frederick Taylor were nothing if they were not religiously Positivist. It was not fragmented into subjects and specialties to provide work for professionals, nor was thw arranged into sequences that made no sense. Any reform in schooling must deal with its absurdities: This is a boy that wanted to have a gun at 13, he’s only about 23 now.


Our children’s public personalities are kept constantly under surveillance by authorities in an orgy of voyeurism. About John Taylor Gatto.

The Exhausted School: Bending The Bars Of Traditional Education

But I talked to each one of them individually, they’d admit that that “its stupid, but I have to do it because” – and then they’d refer to the next highest person on the administrative ladder. The big people to read – if you’ve read Hegel himself, I think you’d know all you’d need to know. Retrieved from ” https: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in Americaand worked [ when?

When I saw this heartening response, my method is then to offer more and more challenges, and at some point a challenge to a kid is navigating in the adult world of reality that they see around them dimly.

To the point that you don’t want to do it anymore. Monongahela, PennsylvaniaUS. He did undergraduate work at Cornellthe University of Pittsburghand Columbiathen served in the U. I don’t think we’ll get rid of schools anytime soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we’re going to change what has become a disaster we need to recognize that ignorance is inherent in the design of the thing. My own job tonight will be to question the legitimacy of the school monopoly.

The Exhausted School: Bending The Bars Of Traditional Education by John Taylor Gatto

Ok John, John, we’ve got to break in. Otteson Limited preview – Actual Ethics Jphn R. Jun 09, Ummzahra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: References to this book Actual Ethics James R. I think you’re hitting it right on the head here – you’re going to need to change a lot more than just the schoolhouse!