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John Taylor Gatto

Former School Teacher. Author, Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction.

Believes there isn’t a right way to become educated and that there are as many ways as fingerprints.

Thinks schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet.

“In 26 years of teaching rich kids and poor, I almost never met a ‘learning disabled’ child; hardly every met a ‘gifted and talented’ one, either.”

Thinks the way to turn kids into geniuses is to frontload huge amounts of experience, including dangerous experience.

Believes school has turned our once highly individualized nation into a centrally managed village, made up of huge special interests which regard individual voices as irrelevant.

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

Thinks falling into the habit of accepting what other people tell you to think causes you to lose the power to think for yourself.

Believes modern schooling teaches a “new dumbness,” that’s particularly deadly to middle and upper-class kids.

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Thanks to Mike Mitcham for suggesting John.

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