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John Taylor Gatto said it


     I have not read John Taylor Gatto's book The Underground History of American Education, but I have read reviews of and excerpts from it, as well as many articles that Gatto has written.  I just saw the following in a homeschooling magazine.


 


      If I demanded you give up your television to an anonymous, itinerant repairman who needed work you'd think I was crazy; if I came with a policeman who forced you to pay that repairman even after he broke your set–you would be outraged. Why are you so docile when you give up your child to a government agent called a schoolteacher? You have no say at all in choosing your teachers. You know nothing about their backgrounds. And the state knows little more than you do. This is as radical a piece of social engineering as the human imagination can conceive. One thing you do know is how unlikely it will be for any teacher to understand the personality of your particular child or anything significant about your family, culture, religion, plans, hopes, dreams. In the confusion of school affairs even teachers so disposed don't have opportunity to know those things. Before you hire a company to build a home you would, I expect, insist on detailed plans showing what the finished structure was going to look like. Building a child's mind and character is what public schools do, their justification for prematurely breaking family and neighborhood learning. Where is documentary evidence to prove this assumption that trained and certified professionals do it better than people who know and love them can? There isn't any. (The Underground History of American Education; Oxford Village Press; 2001.) AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!

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