The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto
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If you ve never heard of John Taylor Gatto you are really missing something. John Taylor Gatto was New York City Teacher of the Year three times when he worked in Harlem. He quit his job, while still holding the title of Teacher of the Year, in an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal saying that he no longer wished to hurt children. Gatto is one of those very rare people (like Ron Paul) who have the intelligence, character, drive and interest to pursue the truth for its own sake, to actually succeed in uncovering some of it and to share it with those of us ready to recognize it.
I clicked on the link to this five-hour interview with John Taylor Gatto and proceeded to watch the ENTIRE thing in ONE SITTING!!! It s just fascinating. Although Gatto is a wealth of information, insight and revelations, he is also a joy to watch. Witnessing his honesty, curiosity, intelligence, sanity and good judgment are testaments to what is finest in man and I doubt I would tire of listening to him ever so rich, broad and deep is his wealth of knowledge.
But beyond the general joy of learning I get when I listen to Gatto, I find that his contribution is most relevant to me in two specific ways:
First, Gatto lays out a comprehensive, novel (nowadays anyway) and scrupulously thought-out and tested approach to education.
Second, Gatto explains the history of modern schooling and how and why we moved away from his traditional, intuitive approach to educating our young to what we have today, which he clearly distinguishes as schooling as opposed to education.
The first element an alternative approach to education Gatto lays out and illustrates with examples from his own experiences as a teacher. Unfortunately, the prospect of trying to implement this radically different approach to educating my own children within the structure of my typical suburban life daunts me.
This documentary provides an introduction to the idea of what it means to educate our children, both with respect to goals and to methods, but it is not intended to provide step by step instruction on how to make this happen overnight in your own life, rather it s intended, it seems, to prompt us to begin the journey.
My guess is homeschooling is a great start (and end?) but it would take me, for one, some time to get used to the lifestyle change THAT would entail!
The second element the history and purposes of modern schooling is nothing short of fascinating. Anyone who is prone to dismiss conspiracy theories as baseless notions held by irrational nutjobs, should watch this documentary.
Gatto doesn t go off on the Illuminati or the New World Order, he doesn t rave about the power elite or the Anglo-American establishment, but as his story unfolds and he merely tells of the history of modern education which is really the history of today s society the books, events, people, relationships, institutions and theories he has come to understand over the course of his earnest investigations speak for themselves.
The rare occasions when he was opining rather than reporting he clearly marks.
Of course his conclusions based on what he s uncovered are also his own, but he relates his facts and reasoning along the way and make it clear these are the most rational conclusions given the evidence. --The Monica Perez Show
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In this DVD, John Gatto expertly unfolds the stunning truth that the wholesale failure of American schooling is absolutely by design. Your kids and my kids aren't meant to be able to think for themselves, but to mindlessly follow orders given by their superiors. How better to manage a large population of "human resources?"
What do we do about it? Well, purchasing this DVD is a very good start.
Thank you Richard Grove and Team Tragedy & Hope, as well as Mr. John Taylor Gatto. Best wishes for you all!
Speaking of modern education for the masses, John Taylor Gatto declares, "It's a colossal crime" the PRIMARY purpose of which is to instill MINDLESS CONFORMITY. He contrasts that sort of education with the education of the power elite in his "twelve secrets of the elite boarding schools". And he points out that in the 2004 presidential election BOTH candidates were former Yale University skull and bones members.
"The nation has been schooled to the point of extinction... As long as you indulge childish fears and childish appetites long enough, you've effectively rendered someone harmless.... It's run its course. We're exhausted now. Our schooling is exhausted and the national vitality has been exhausted.... About three or four years ago, the Financial Times of London, on the editorial page, accused us [the United States] of being an incoherent society, [that] we had lost a reason to be a nation at all, because subsidizing bankers and drug companies wasn't a sufficient reason to proceed in history. Yeah, we're incoherent.Read more ›
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There will be times in your life when you realize you are talking to someone who will be recognized with high regard much later in history. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Aaron Joseph Brown
A wonderful review of how our educational system has evolved, with primary sources reviewed. Wish I could have had this insight 40 years ago! Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Craig West