Just a quote. By Gatto.

You have surely noticed me mentioning Gatto before. If not, well, maybe you weren't paying attention? Just for you, the one who was gazing out the window daydreaming the solution to world peace, or maybe just wondering if you should eat that last donut, when you were supposed to be reading my blog, I think Gatto is brilliant. He has insights into the system of public education in our country that are a major reason why I don't want my children in school. Read any of his books and you'll see why too. You may not agree with him 100%, but you will see that he has some good points.

And today, I came across this quote that Home Education Magazine posted on their Facebook status:

"I've come to believe that genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us... I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children's power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to *prevent* children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior." ~ John Taylor Gatto

And that is why my children aren't in school

1 comments:

  • April | November 21, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    You're so high minded! My kids aren't in school because school is too much work. The few times we've had to deal with it it caused no end of hassles. It's so much nicer, and easier, to homeschool.

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