Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I am no longer willing to hurt children - John Taylor Gatto (A compilation)

John Taylor Gatto spent 26 years as a New York City public school teacher. In 1991after winning his third Teacher of the Year Award, Gatto wrote a resignation letter which he submitted to the Wall Street Journal called, “I Quit, I Think” and left his job, stating that he was “no longer willing to hurt children.” Gatto’s outline his reasons for becoming disheartened in The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher where he shares that the American public school system is largely responsible for a national humanitarian crisis. In that essay Gatto points out, this system:

  • 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
Gatto went on to become a celebrated author who speaks around the world. This is a compilation of just some of his writing, lectures, and talks.

Articles by Gatto
Books by Gatto

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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

Audio Compilation
Helping Other Altruists International has a collection of Gatto Audio Files here.

Video Compilations

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