“Solve this problem and school will heal itself: children know that schooling is not fair, not honest, not driven by integrity. They know they are devalued in classes and grades,1 that the institution is indifferent to them as individuals. The rhetoric of caring contradicts what school procedure and content say, that many children have no tolerable future and most have a sharply proscribed one. The problem is structural. School has been built to serve a society of associations: corporations, institutions, and agencies. Kids know this instinctively. How should they feel about it? How should we?”
A short video based on John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education. Arranged and edited by Brett Veinotte.
This excerpt is from Chapter Sixteen: A Conspiracy Against Ourselves, Section 1: “Two Social Revolutions Become One,”
The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary)