John Taylor Gatto – The Underground History of American Education

In this clip the former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year reviews the epigraphs from the chapters of his book, The Underground History of American Education.  I’ve been reading the book (a heavy 388 pg. textbook), and find his writing much more exciting than his speaking.

The summary for Chapter Two (An Angry Look At Modern Schooling) reads:

The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn and it isn’t supposed to.  It took seven years of reading and reflection to finally figure out that mass schooling of the young by force was a creation of the four great coal powers of the nineteenth century.  Nearly one hundred years after the investiture of forced schooling into the U.S., on April 11, 1922, Max Mason, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, annunced to insiders that a comprehensive national program was underway to allow, in Mason’s words, “the control of human behavior.”

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  • Chris

    In 1840's the literacy rate was 93-100%…

    People learned words by sounding out words not recognizing their forms.
    This allowed a better understanding of words and results in more complex thought.

    This guy is pretty amazing. Agreed his delivery not great. Substance is.

  • elliott

    coincidentally, i started reading this book yesterday! it is excellent. makes me glad i decided long ago to homeschool my daughter.

  • elliott

    coincidentally, i started reading this book yesterday! it is excellent. makes me glad i decided long ago to homeschool my daughter.

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