This collection of essays by John Taylor Gatto should be required reading for all parents of young children before they are first enrolled in school. Failing that, parents of kids still in school should read it too, so they can pull their kids out before there is any further damage done to them!
I have this book listed because I had lost my first printing copy and repurchased the book. To say: this is a must have for anyone with any interest in the public school system. I am the product of private schools, former public school teacher and now a homeschooling mommy of nine. My first four have been ready for college at 16. Public schools are the lowest common way to educate our children, please be involved whatever choice you choose.
This one I got from the library. Gatto is a real teacher. He talks and talks and talks and seems to repeat himself. There were a few interesting tidbits that I got from the book. In fact, there is a quote that says all of this "But keep in mind that in the United States almost nobody who reads, writes, or does arithmetic gets much respect. We are a land of talkers; we pay talkers the most and admire talkers the most and so our children talk constantly, following the public models of television and schoolteachers. It is very difficult to teach the âbasicsâ anymore because they really aren't basic to the society we've made." Says it all; I've been told that teachers don't listen and it's true. I'm hoping his other ones are more interesting and not so repetitive.