THE EXHAUSTED SCHOOL: “How Did We Ever Come to Believe that the State Should Tell Our Children What to Think?” John Taylor Gatto Keep in mind as I. John Taylor Gatto[1] (born December 15, [2]) is an American author and former. 24 The Exhausted School-Excerpts-John Taylor Gatto John Taylor Gatto on what’s wrong with college. including Dumbing Us Down, The Exhausted School, A Different Kind of Teacher, and The.

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We’ll come back to this topic again; there’s a lot more to dig in, and there’s a lot of people who want to talk about the public schools. John, when we get back, I want you to comment on the curve, marking on the curve in standardized testing as a way to imbed the growing inequality in our society.

Published by Berkeley Hills Books first published How did we ever come to believe the State should tell our children what to think? Late readers are indistinguishable from early readers in a very short time. For Immediate Release October This demented schedule is an efficient way to create dependent human beings, needy people unable to fill their own hours, unable to initiate lines of meaning to give substance and pleasure to their existence.

This is mostly interesting as a chronicle of the event it grew out of. Where did we ever get the grotesque idea that the State has a right to educate our kids?

There’s a current to this, not a strain but a powerful central current right before the first world war, reaching a tremendous visible crescendo sometime right uohn the second world war, after which it disintegrated itself, rather than provoking controversy, as a duty thing and not talk about it. This is the way wishes it to be, it can’t be any other way.

Can you see a possible connection schoool bells ringing again and again to change classes and this phenomenon of evanescent attention? If neither of those are the case, I’d skip it. Contents For Immediate Release October The ones in high school are doing sixth or seventh grade work by a century ago’s standards. It is very difficult to get children to take “basics” seriously these days – especially in the social environment of schools – jojn they really aren’t basic to the world we’ve forced on the children.

This timidity is often masked by surface bravado, by the exuberance of youth, by anger or aggressiveness, but underneath the bluster is emptiness, mirroring the great vacuum, the black hole of government schooling which draws in vast energies, but emits little.


Think of the things killing us as a nation: I think you’re hitting it right on the head here – you’re going to need to change a lot more than just the schoolhouse! What is happened is that the people who are doing this have convinced themselves “scientifically” that this is the only that it can be. My school system, that I continued to succeed in, in the sense that my kids were succeeding, including the kids that weren’t supposed to succeed, continued to move me into worse and worse school settings.

Ok John, John, we’ve got to break in. John, I’m going to read you something that you’ve said, and I’m going to ask you how to attain what you’re suggesting. I want to tell you what the effect is on children of taking the time they need to thw up and forcing them to spend it on abstractions.

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Mohamed Lotfy rated it really liked it Dec 22, You cannot “teach” children to read any more than you can haylor them to walk and talk. Escalante’s fate is just fascinating – he was harassed and hounded out the school. This country was unique in world history, because it took ordinary people, people who were considered trash in Europe, and made them independent hard working self-respecting people.

We’ll do it again, we’ll do it again, but we are out of time.

To the point that you don’t want to do it anymore. In other words, with corporations wanting a docile work force, with a government needing a military going overseas and to engage in practices that many would consider are against the very interests of the very people who are being asked to fight in that military, why would you believe that under the current system that people who are in control of the schools, ultimately the politicians, would in fact want to change the system so that it would in fact produce critical thinkers?

And furthermore, they were under the control of one woman who had ages and class exhauxted ofthat’s an impossible situation according to the way we do business today.

I’m not alleging that its conscious, but it happens. So you have a pretty wide spectrum, at least on the left-right spectrum, giving real encomiums of adulation to the creative work of Shanker, which as far as I know, without speaking ill of the deceased, Shanker was a pillar of this entire apparatus which you have been criticizing for the last 40 minutes!

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I quote, “We have to radically decentralize government corporate schooling, return the power of designing and assessing programs to the local level, and ensure that every form of training for the young aims at exhaustwd independent, self-reliant minds, good characters, and individuals who get fighting mad when called a “human resource” and told their main function is to be part of the work force.


Between schooling and television all the time children have to become adults is eaten up. They don’t have deep roots. Goodreads helps you teh track of books you want to read.

Ok, It’s a real pleasure, I’ve been reading some of your material, and its certainly harkens back to a couple of major influences on my teaching, or rather my school ideas, one Ivan Illich and the other Paul Goodman.

Would you comment on the idea that grading on the curve, which I presume most schools do, is a way to put in a type of bell curve social stratification that is increasingly being replicated in almost every part of America.

But the natural course of things can be violently altered by rewarding early readers – and by pronouncing later readers “in need of remediation”. Since they wouldn’t give me the million words I needed, I needed to find the most trenchant reflection of this attitude towards children that they’re little plastic lumps of dough.

Flattering luncheons where the decision has been made to take that wonderful woman who had run without an administration those one-room schools which had done so well, and put her under the direction of an apparatus of men, not just a single layer, but infinite layers which are still being spun out.

The children I teach have no sense of the past and how it predestinated the present, how it limits their choices, how it shapes their lives and values. Dec 10, Michelle rated it liked it. The children I teach are cruel to each other; they lack compassion for misfortune, they laugh at weakness, they have contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly.

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The book was an excellent read filled with the many options and possibilities of educating our children. To deny what is unique about American history is just nuts, because in there we have the skeleton key to unlock the problem of our schools!

Two institutions control our children’s lives – television and schooling, probably in that order. The lie is then compounded by supplying the deficient with “special” treatment, including assignment to a separate junk category called “special education”.

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