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"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."
John Taylor Gatto
The Underground History
of American Education

John Taylor Gatto's 'Nine Assumptions of Modern Schooling'

Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why
John Taylor Gatto
Harper's Magazine (9.03)
The Richest Man in the World
Has Some Advice for Us
About College

John Taylor Gatto
Masters of Their Own Souls:
John Taylor Gatto

Interviewed by George A. Clowes
School Reform News
Heartland Institute
The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation into the Problem of Modern Schooling
John Taylor Gatto
The Underground History of American Education | John Taylor Gatto
'Through a series of related essays, Gatto puts together the "whole story of schooling"—the hidden agendas, the true believers who crusaded for their educational theories, the increasingly heavy hand of government, the dumbing down of curricula, elitism, racism, and other key factors that contribute to the evil monstrosity that many people view as "crucial to the survival of democracy in America."' (Cathy Duffy) More...
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
John Taylor Gatto
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Dumbing Us Down | John Taylor Gatto
'Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine.' More...

1.Government school is the essential force for social cohesion. It cannot happen any other way. A bureaucratized public order is our defense against chaos and anarchy.

2. The socialization of children in groups monitored by state agents is essential; without this, children cannot learn to get along with others in a pluralistic society.

3. Children from different backgrounds and from families with different beliefs must be mixed together. Robert Frost was wrong when he maintained "good fences make good neighbors."

4. The certifiable expertise of official schoolteachers is superior to that of lay people including parents. The protection of children from the uncertified is a compelling public concern.

5. Coercion in the name of liberty is a valid use of state power. Compelling children to assemble in mandated groups for mandated intervals with mandated texts and overseers does not interfere with academic learning.

6. Children will inevitably grow apart from their parents in beliefs as they grow older and this process must be supported and encouraged. The best way to do this is by diluting parental influence and discouraging the children's attitudes that their own parents are sovereign in either mind or morality.

7. The world is full of crazy parents who will ruin their children. An overriding concern of schooling is to protect children from bad parenting.

8. It is not appropriate for any family to unduly concern itself with the education of its own children, but it may expend unlimited effort on behalf of the general education of everyone.

9. The State has the predominant responsibility for training, morals, and beliefs. Children schooled outside government scrutiny frequently become anti-social and poverty stricken.

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