Monday, January 04, 2016


"Independent study, community service, adventures and experience, large doses of privacy and solitude, a thousand different apprenticeships--the one-day variety or longer--these are all powerful, cheap, and effective ways to start a real reform of schooling. But no large-scale reform is ever going to work to repair our damaged children and our damaged society until we force open the idea of 'school' to include family as the main engine of education. If we use schooling to break children away from parents--and make no mistake, that has been the central function of schools since John Cotton announced it as the purpose of the Bay Colony schools in 1650 and Horace Mann announced it as the purpose of Massachusetts schools in 1850--we’re going to continue to have the horror show we have right now."
--John Taylor Gatto, "Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"


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