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The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
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Oct 06, 10

bookshelves: politics, american-history, did-not-finish

A book supposedly critical of the whole school enterprise.

Possibly in the tradition of Ivan Illich, an ex-priest who preached de-institutionalization in a rather utopian way.

A friend, now a professor of anthropology, once responded to one of my rants about schools by asking why I was surprised that schools prepared/socialized/indoctrinated children for adult roles in the society as it is.

Good question, that.


Since the above entry was written, I have decided not to finish this book. In a "pre-publication" self-published version, this books shows promise, but a lack of organization and discipline. Gatto badly needs an editor.

A serious critique of American public education in this century needs to be written. This book isn't it. The author can't decide where he's going.

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Nate Couldn't it be that society as it is exists because of the school system, not vice versa?

David It's a feedback loop, of course. Perhaps the British Empire was built on the playing fields of Eton. Did America's decline begin with the cheerleading squad?

Maybe, but I doubt it.

James Van Duker I see that you have a useful criticism and important points to make in your remarks; however, you misspelled "crritique (sic)" in your critique. I will come back and finish once you have an editor.

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