We Need Less School, Not More
By John Taylor Gatto (The Link: Volume 4, Issue 1)
A surprising number of otherwise sensible people find it hard to see why the scope and reach of our formal schooling networks should not be increased — by extending the school day or year, for instance — in order to provide an economical solution to the problems posed by the decay of the American family. One reason for their preference, I think, is that they have trouble understanding the real difference between communities and networks.
Because of this confusion, they conclude that replacing a bad network with a good one is the right way to go. Since I disagree so strongly with the fundamental premise that networks are workable substitutes for families, and because from anybody’s point of view a lot more school is going to cost a lot more money, I thought I’d tell you why, from a schoolteacher’s perspective, we shouldn’t be thinking of more school, but of less.