I hope that you are already acquainted with John Taylor Gatto and his influence in the on-going conversation about American education.
As his Wikipedia entry states, he is "a retired American school teacher with nearly 30 years experience in the classroom, and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling, of the perceived divide between the teen years and adulthood, and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions."
Some of his friends recently organized a lengthy interview with him, and have released it on the internet. A close friend of mine discovered it and called me. I must watch it, he said -- even though it is five hours long.
I did, and my friend was right -- it was well worth it. In a very warm, engaging, and informal way, Mr. Gatto talks with his interviewer on a wide variety of subjects ranging from education and philosophy to people and current events. I learned plenty I hadn't known before.
Even if you can't spare the time to listen to the entire interview, I urge you to check in to some of the links here -- you'll be glad to add him to your circle of Internet friends. He is a treasure.
Wikipedia entry on John Taylor Gatto
Find him on YouTube
"The Ultimate History Lesson" (the interview)
Index of articles he has had published at Lew Rockwell's website
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If you have some thoughts about Mr. Gatto, or his subject matter, I urge you to comment.