- Teaches children that their worth is determined by other people
- Causes children to be dependent on teachers/experts rather than on themselves
- Praises total conformity and condemns individuality as a threat to the system
- Teaches that schedule, not interesting work, is what has value
- Teaches that value is only possible under conditions of competition
- Leaves children with almost no private time
Articles by Gatto
- I Quit, I Think, to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal
- Universal Education
- Take Back Your Education
- Against School
- Shocking Origins of Public Education
- Preservation Institute: Beyond Progressive and Conservative
- The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher
- Personal Solutions, Family Solutions
- What Really Matters - Part 1
- What Really Matters – Part 2
- Why Schools Don’t Educate – The Natural Child Project
- The Public School Nightmare: Why fix a system designed to destroy individual thought?
- The Curriculum of Necessity or What Must an Educated Person Know?
- The Real History Tour of Modern Schooling
- Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling,
- The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling
- Note you can read the whole book for free online here.
- Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.
The Paradox of Extended Childhood
Weapons Of Mass Instruction
Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction
We don’t need no education. We dont need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone.’
Interview with John Taylor Gatto
The Future of Education Interview with Steve Hargadon
Helping Other Altruists International has a collection of Gatto Audio Files here.
- John Taylor Gatto on Unschooling Part 1
- John Taylor Gatto on Unschooling Part 2
- John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education - Part 1
- John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education - Part 2
- John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education Pt. 3/5
- Video recorded in his last year of teaching (1990-1991) at Booker T. Washington Junior High School, NYC.
- "The Underground History Of American Education" - Complete Prologue and Chapter 1
- Deschooling Society Channel on YouTube
- Edflix Educational Video Downloads brings us this terrific collection of videos from John Taylor Gatto. These videos constitute about 2 1/2 hours of material.
- Bartleby Project 2011: Do not take your state tests!
- What is the Bartleby Project? (1 of 3)
- What is the Bartleby Project? (2 of 3)
- What is the Bartleby Project? (3 of 3)
- The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn — nor is it supposed to. Schools were conceived to serve the economy and the social order rather than kids and families — that is why it is compulsory. As a consequence, the school can not help anybody grow up, because its prime directive is to retard maturity. It does that by teaching that everything is difficult, that other people run our lives, that our neighbors are untrustworthy even dangerous. School is the first impression children get of society. Because first impressions are often the decisive ones, school imprints kids with fear, suspicion of one another, and certain addictions for life. It ambushes natural intuition, faith, and love of adventure, wiping these out in favor of a gospel of rational procedure and rational management. Shocking Origins of Public Education – Gatto:
- Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history. It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents.... - The Underground History of American Education
- The shocking possibility that dumb people don't exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn't real. - The Underground History of American Education
- School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course. - The Underground History of American Education
- Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. - The Underground History of American Education
- Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory. - The Underground History of American Education
- Our form of compulsory schooling is an invention of the state of Massachusetts around 1850. It was resisted - sometimes with guns - by an estimated eighty per cent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the 1880's when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard. - The Underground History of American Education