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With over 70,000 copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s "guerrilla teaching."
John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. His other titles include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).
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A bestseller for 25 years, John Taylor Gatto’s radical treatise on public education continues to advocate for the unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling
We don’t need school reform. Schools are working exactly as their designers intended. We need more choices and options outside of school. At the end of the day, the person who creates those is you. Stop waiting for permission from others and create opportunities to learn. ― ZACHARY SLAYBACK, from the Foreword
Education’s most original thinker. ― DANIEL H. PINK, author, Free Agent Nation
AFTER OVER 100 YEARS of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning “disabilities” are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame.
He became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that “genius is as common as dirt,” but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills we’re born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment. Gatto continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world, with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, it’s poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years.
JOHN TAYLOR GATTO was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year award. He has been a fierce advocate for self directed “guerrilla” education for decades, and is also the author of Weapons of Mass Instruction and The Underground History of American Education
A one-man intellectual insurgency. ― The Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAbout the Author:
John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. A much-sought after speaker on education throughout the United States, his other books include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).
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Book Description New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, B.C., 2002. Wraps. Condition: New. No Jacket. 10th anniversary Edition. "I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself was what was dumbing them down?" This brisk, 103-page paperback is the book that started it all off for Gatto, back in 1992. A teacher in the New York City public schools for almost three decades, John Taylor Gatto was named New York City teacher of the year three times and, in 1991, New York State Teacher of the Year. Since his widely publicized resignation in 1991, "he has been among the country's most penetrating, wise, irritating, informed, provocative and prophetic voices in the fierce debate over education reform." Actually, the current system of "psychopathic schools" cannot be "reforned," Gatto argues, since its purposeful design -- manifested in its physical set-up, its segregation by age cohort, its isolation from the outside world, its division of "learning" into 50-minute blocks punctuated by the sound of bells -- is to produce a docile pool of welfare-state factory workers and military recruits incapable of integrating their "information bits" into a mature and integrated personality with powers of critical analysis and judgment. Thus, no amount of money invested in the public schools can ever help them deliver happy, well-rounded, well-informed young people ready to take up the role of responsible citizens in a free country. New with publisher's catalog order card bound in at rear. Seller Inventory # 000344
Book Description New Society Publishers, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd. Seller Inventory # DADAX0865714487
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Book Description New Society Pub, 2002. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 2revised ed edition. 103 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0865714487
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