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John Taylor Gatto

Dátum narodenia: 15. december 1935

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„Pravdou je, že školy naozaj nevyučujú nič, okrem toho, ako počúvať príkazy.“

„Po dlhom živote a tridsiatich rokoch v zákopoch verejného školstva som došiel k záveru, že genialita je na každom rohu. Potláčame svoju genialitu len preto, že sme ešte neprišli na to, ako riadiť populáciu vzdelaných mužov a žien. Riešenie je podľa mňa jednoduché a prekrásne. Nechajme ich riadiť sami seba.“


„When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.“

„I've noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic -- it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.“ Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education

„Children learn what they live. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even. The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.“

„What's gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up.“ Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education

„Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic-it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.“ Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education

„Genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us.“


„Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.“ Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

„In our secular society, school has become the replacement for church, and like church it requires that its teachings must be taken on faith.“

„Self-knowledge is the only basis of true knowledge.“

„Shouldn't we also ask ourselves what the consequences are of scrambling to provide the "most" of everything to our children in a world of fast dwindling resources?“


„... good things happen to the human spirit when it is left alone.“

„I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress genius because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.“ Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through The Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

„The primary goal of real education is not to deliver facts but to guide students to the truths that will allow them to take responsibility for their lives.“ A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling

„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.“ Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling