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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There are ways hte that – you can sabotage it like I did for many years, and that works sometimes locally, or parochially, until you’re caught. Some models mentioned were democratic schools, Waldorf schools, farm schools, home school, self-directed learning, etc. If you had a choice where to send your own kid you might well choose one of these gatot ideas, yet still be grateful you knew about the other five, even if they were not the right way for you.

But that’s the real issue: We live in a time of great school crisis, and that crisis is linked to a greater social crisis in jogn general community. Gattos voice is strong and unique. As human beings they are useless. I hope that he’s just a dupe, Jerry, I really hope so. So if the goal is independent thinking, self reliance, critical thinking, all the good stuff that Abe Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin held up as such important scgool, then somehow this whole schooling mechanism needs to be smashed!

Jul 25, Gea rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Notice that we can eliminate Marxist ideas that evil or venal people are doing this.

That is what has destroyed the American family; it is no longer a factor in the education of its own young, it no longer has access exhausteed its own children. The lie is then compounded by supplying the deficient with “special” treatment, including assignment to a separate junk category called “special education”. So we’ve watched schooling go from an average weeks and produce a totally literate nation.

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They can sell film and razor blades, push paper and talk on telephones, make deals or sit mindlessly before a flickering computer terminal, but they hate to be alone with themselves. Brendan’s grammar school 50 years ago!

Without strong family ties, he said, children are easier subjects for central planning. What you see on a normal bell curve, probably at a moment when assessment is the wrong thing to do, its inappropriate, people learn on private learning curves. These 13 essays illustrate how education reform actually works.


Nobody wants to grow up these days because assuming responsibility takes practice, but schooltime precludes practice.

He was working with a group of kids with no mathematical tradition, and very little literary tradition, and inside of a short time, Garfield High was the third ranking school in the US on the AP calculus. I want to tell you what the effect is on children of taking the time they need to grow up and forcing them to spend it on abstractions. I will tell you this – a kid who learns to read at five, and a kid who learns to read at 9, will be indistinguishable to each other at the age of fourteen, assuming they both like what they’re doing.

What we have to do, and we’re going to do it whether its allowed or now, we have to begin to break the fealty to these enormous organizations, whether they’re government, or corporate, or institutions!

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Think of the things killing us as a nation: Now, many of your listeners, or my friends who would no doubt say that it’s that religious glue, that pious glue, that gives them the advantage. I’d like to do this, to allow your listeners to independently verify that its possible. And furthermore, they were under the control of one woman who had ages and class sizes ofthat’s an impossible situation according to the way we do business today. Where did we ever get the notion there is only one right way to grow up instead of hundreds?

You’re quite right, but I think that the dynamic at work is worth exploring because its not as simple as the administration opposing it. Although teachers do care, and do work very hard, the institution is psychopathic – by which I mean it has no conscience.

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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.

References to this book Actual Ethics James R. The question is whether this grows naturally as a result of certain economic decision.

I think both things are at work here – ideologues who communicate this idea and are able to perpetuate themselves from generation to generation. Welcome to another edition of We The People, this hour we’re going to talk some more about learning, education, and schooling in its many variations. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul And veryvery gradually, that dream was converted, and this is quite easy to track, not by evil people, but by people who understood that wealth depends on your ability to command labor.


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.

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What is happened is that the people who are doing this have convinced themselves “scientifically” that this is the only that it can be. Children exhuasted old people are locked away from the business of the world to a degree without precedent – nobody talks to them anymore.

My perspective is that of an insider, not an outsider.

Well tell me John, you’ve been in the school business thirty odd years teaching in the public schools of New York, so can you state here in the beginning what the problem is here with here. He is best known for his books Dumbing Us Down: What’s happening is that each subordinate level that has to give permission is on thin joyn.

Retrieved from ” https: That book was written indidn’t deal with home schooling, but it does explains the need to raise children who do not just accept the unexamined assumptions of our society. Structurally, schools fly in the face of how children learn. What I really want to say here is that the school system at its heart, even though yes its their to, in some sense, to educate the children, but at its heart its really there to break their spirits. But the secret strength in this simple program design is that they do not represent all the worthwhile kinds of schooling.

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! Thanks for telling us about the problem. I had arranged with the president of, I’ll call it “Bell Telephone,” in New York, to have my kids taken through to visit a telephone station, in keeping with things that I had been doing for years.