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John Taylor Gatto analyzes the roots of the modern American education system, detailing how it was designed to foster economic interests and facilitate management of the labor force. He then outlines ways to revitalize the system, advocating greater emphasis on critical analysis, creativity, practicality, and real-world exposure in the curriculum. He also calls on educators and administrators to acknowledge young people's need for a spiritual and ethical framework upon which to ...
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John Taylor Gatto analyzes the roots of the modern American education system, detailing how it was designed to foster economic interests and facilitate management of the labor force. He then outlines ways to revitalize the system, advocating greater emphasis on critical analysis, creativity, practicality, and real-world exposure in the curriculum. He also calls on educators and administrators to acknowledge young people's need for a spiritual and ethical framework upon which to build a good life.
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Provocative, stimulating, evocative, and consistent: such is this collection of comments clarifying the ills of American education and ideas for solving them. Gatto, an active participant in evaluating the state of American public education, taught in the New York City public schools system for 30 years, resigning shortly after he was named New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. He has since spoken and written widely on education reform. His earlier work this year, The Underground History of American Education (LJ 11/1/00), gathered a collection of material to highlight and analyze why mass compulsory schooling is unreformable. In this work, Gatto brings together 16 of his essays and speeches from 1990 to 1999, which, for the most part, tackle the same issues: where our failing schools have gone wrong and what can be done to fix them. Written in an informative, easy-to-understand, and prophetic style, this work nicely complements Gatto's other titles. A fruitful addition to libraries lacking Gatto's other works.--Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781893163409
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Part 1 Schoolrooms Speak Bluntly
The Curriculum of the Family 15
Why Do Bad Schools Cost So Much? 21
A Year With John Taylor Gatto 32
We Can't Afford School Reform 35
Part 2 Analyzing the System
Universal Education 49
Confederacy of Dunces: The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling 60
How Public Are Our Public Schools? 83
Nine Assumptions and Twenty-One Facts 103
School Books and the Hidden Curriculum 116
Horatio Alger's Country: The Mysterious Origins of American Adoption 133
A Different Kind of Teacher 158
Part 3 The Search for Meaning
In Defense of Original Sin: The Neglected Genius of American Spirituality 171
Beyond Money: The Purpose of Learning (and Life) 185
What Really Matters? 200
The Art of True Conversation: A Letter to My Daughter 213
The Educated Person 225
Sources 229
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