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John Taylor Gatto

An American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months experience in the classroom and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.
He promotes homeschooling, and specifically unschooling.

One professor of education has called his books "scathing" and "one-sided and hyperbolic, but not inaccurate" and later agreed with him.


Articles by John Taylor Gatto:

The Six Lesson Schoolteacher

Against School

The Public School Nightmare

Why Schools Don't Educate

Institutional Schooling Must Be Destroyed

The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling

American Forced Schooling

What Really Matters



"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die."        – John Taylor Gatto



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