The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling

The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling

John Taylor Gatto / Dec 12, 2019

The Underground History of American Education An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling History of American Education

  • Title: The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling
  • Author: John Taylor Gatto
  • ISBN: 0945700059
  • Page: 141
  • Format: revised edition
  • History of American Education

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        John Taylor Gatto is an American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months and author of several books on education He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.


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    1. Book online at the author's websiteAh, for the good old days, back before child labor laws, back when no had time for such inventions as "adolescence", back when one could sing a cute song about darkies or niggers without being a racist, back when flogging children in the name of civility was a good thing, though Gatto seems to be of mixed opinion about his own whipping for mispronouncing French verbs.This book could have started in Chapter 17 and made many of the same points without the self-in [...]


    2. six stars. where do i click to give six stars?i don't even know how to convey the wonderfulness of this book. john taylor gatto taught 8th grade english for 30 years in NYC. in his final few years he was named NYC and NY State Teacher of the Year. then he quit in disgust, his resignation letter ending up published in the Wall Street Journal. he quit because he finally realised that universal compulsory schooling does ghastly harm to every human life it consumes. after he quit, he did 10 years of [...]


    3. No, thank you. Schools do not need more input from religion, the community, or the family. As an example of this folly, I give you: sex education, where the US has the highest rate of teen pregnancy of any industrialized nation; where community and religious standards lead to abstinence-only programs which are not only free of actual facts, but actively promote doctrine which is demonstrably false, leading to the highest rate of STDs among teens in any industrialized nation. Frankly, anyone who [...]


    4. I'm a little disenchanted with this book, I will probably be disowned from the Homeschooling world for this review, but here it goes. I thought it had some really good/interesting points, some great figures such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin became great men without formal schooling. Literacy rates went down when kids were required to go to public school. Men like Carnegie and Rockefeller did promote and fund public education to help "produce" workers, not thinkers. Teachers can do [...]


    5. Simply THE best book on what is going on in the American educational system, and why it is the way it it. John Taylor Gatto has the credentials to speak to this. He lived the life of a teacher in New York City, and was named Teacher of the Year on 3 different occasions. He quit his teaching job when he decided he didn't want to hurt children anymore, and he saw the results of the public education system on his students. He provides a stunning and well documented history of why education is the w [...]


    6. Very easy to read, hard to stomach, and impossible to refute. I battle daily at home what my children bring home from school. Minus one star for overkill. Can be read online here - johntaylorgatto/chapters/Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past.— George Orwell, "1984" (1949)Take at hazard one hundred children of se [...]


    7. "You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." - "The Matrix"John Taylor Gatto's "An Underground History of American Education" stands as one of the most potent "red pills" ever created. Reading this book will challenge almost every belief that you have ever held. Thinking about what Gatto relates in this book will cause you to grapple with what it means to be human and happy. Understanding the implications of this book will lead you to question b [...]


    8. Could anything be more frightening then a book documenting with infinite annotation and footnote the brainwashing of American youth for the purposes of making a more compliant society? I don't think so. This is a must read for every American left that can still think for themselves. Even if you don't have the money to buy a copy, because you can read it for free here.You can also have the book read to you by the incomparable Lyn Gerry at Unwelcome Guests episodes about 317-372. Check out this li [...]



    9. John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History Of American Education is freely available online, although not in the most convenient form imaginable. It is not particularly well written and the text seems to meander somewhat randomly through a variety of topics, but the ideas within are worth considering.I do not agree with Gatto’s version of American exceptionalism, nor his belief (endemic among Libertarians, of which I am one) that highly successful people like Ben Franklin and George Washing [...]


    10. P. 65 "Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy--these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent."P. 98 Dr. Seuss on writing the Cat in the Hat for a textbook publisher from a list of 223 words.P. 117 "Process kids like sardines and don't be suprised when they come out oily and dead."P. 182 "The truth is that America's unprecedented global power and spectacular materi [...]


    11. I read this book a number of years ago and was blown away. The book is written by a former public school teacher he taught in the public school system of NY City. He has extensively researched the history of public education in America and put it together in an amazing expose. He chronicles how socialist/communist influences have been encroaching into the agenda of public education for YEARS. Some of the conclusions he arrives at seem a bit like "conspiracy theories" and yet if even half of wha [...]



    12. As I read this book, I kept saying to myself, "Oh my God!" So much of what is in here explains the frustrations that I experienced as child. As a parent I now see how the school system has come to exist for itself rather than for its students, despite (as Gatto rightly points out) the good intentions of many excellent teachers and even administrators who are themselves frustrated by "the system." As am educator, I am distressed to see the way in which the institutional illnesses of which Gatto w [...]


    13. This book really opens your eyes to some of the major forces behind mass education--essentially, social Darwinists and corporations (Rockefeller foundation). Anyone who teaches can see the effects for themselves--kids who aren't lucky enough to have literate parents don't read, hate reading, and the movements in education have played a large role, whole language theory being only one of the causes. The author's train of thought is a bit hard to follow, but there are enough hard facts and histori [...]


    14. This book is a life-changing book for a homeschool mom like me. It is beautiful. I cannot fathom leaving you a review without some content. None of it is a "spoiler" since this is not a fiction book.O.k. so, here, he quotes a "New York paper columnist" from an article in 1997 about a young man who spread AIDS by raping 27 girls. "Once, intact families, tightly knit neighborhoods and stay-at-home mothers enforced community norms."On page 125, we learn that one strategy "they" used to make mothers [...]


    15. A must read. Everyone is tied into this whether it is past experiences with schooling, taxes or concerns about your own children. It seems that many have missed the mark in their reviews. The idea is choice and making sure people have the opportunity to exercise that choice for schooling. The government does not know what is best for our children and prioritizes its own agenda. This book documents what is clearly right in front of us if we simply open our eyes to really see.


    16. Let me begin by admitting that I have not finished the book, and I do not intend on ever doing so. The book provides a lot of beliefs and plenty of historical backround to support it, but provides no actual solution. Though it is intresting to view school in a different manner (One that I admit to believing myself) I can not come to support Gatto fully. Sure school is draining, and ultimately one of the biggest hypocritical stages of our society. (It has us believing that we can do anything, but [...]


    17. This book [seems as if] it is a massive collection of essays by Mr. Gatto. While I do agree with his philosophy of education, his writing style just isn't my favorite. I feel like it's just all over the place. He just writes and writes and it gives me a bit of a headache to read it. (Sorry, just being honest.) So, for that, I'm giving it 2 stars.However, let me share some quotes I liked: "You aren't compelled to loan your car to anyone who wants it, but you are compelled to surrender your school [...]


    18. I'm more than none interested in education reform as I had dropped high school at 16, and what consequences we have. There was time I was much higher than any of my peers, I had bought new real estate, cash only, I had lived in expensive hotels, and now what I had lost almost everything in 2008 crisis and probably I'm much worse. Probably relatively as I still have huge freedom that allowed me to self-study many things (like software development, statistics, probability) and due to these experie [...]


    19. This book challenged my unconscious assumptions about education more than anything else I've ever experienced. With 400 big pages, it's not a quick read. But the topic is so critical and the content so rich that I must rate it a Top Recommendation. The pervasive themes include: the priority of system over student; the inefficiency resulting from treating (mass) education as a pseudo-business (minus any of the typical incentives present in a competitive business); the insidious origins of mind-nu [...]


    20. In the study of something as insidious as the origins of modern schooling (as differentiated from education; the two are not synonymous), it is easy to see conspiracies. However, we are reminded that God laughs at the plots of the evil.The book is fascinating, although flawed. Mr. Gatto has a profound misunderstanding of Calvinism, believing the doctrine of predestination leads to a caste system(!). He is also against positive/negative reinforcement.He rambles considerably, and much of what he s [...]


    21. I was invited to a speech and book signing by an educatio advocate that knew I was deep in the middle of a political bid for County Council in my community. I traveled to Virginia to hear Gatto give his speech and sign this aawesome book. By now, I have copies of education research manuals that kept me up at night worrying about the future of education in America. Unlike BK Eakman (author "Cloning the American Mind") who had worked for the government and Charolette Iserbyt (author "the deliberat [...]


    22. Many people have made the accusation that this book is in great want of an editor. I can see where that charge comes from; I once felt that way myself. However, as disorganized as it seemed, I loved it, and read pieces of it over and over. And now, I think that perhaps I am starting to get it. There was only one way to write a book like this - from the voice of human passion and experience. An orderly, efficient, dry, tame, textbook version would have defeated the purpose. If you can't understan [...]


    23. I went into this book with an idea of what to expect -- a detailed, thorough look at the failings of American 20th century education. While this book provides some fascinating historical anecdotes, I was disappointed the most by the book's format -- nearly incomprehensible. I found the content to be too choppy and disorganized for my taste, when I'd prefer a linear historical account of the last century's history of education. I did appreciate the foundational history behind much of the educatio [...]


    24. If you've spoken to me at any length over the past year, chances are I told you about John Taylor Gatto and something I was learning from this book. This is not just about about schooling, this is a treatise on life from a very wise man. What a treasure.


    25. Excellent insight into America's public education system. My review of all five parts to Underground History of American Education, beginning with the Prologue: amightyfortresshomeschool


    26. This is a powerful book, not perhaps the most organized, the but the intensity and experience that underlie the ideas more than make up for any presentational shortcomings.



    27. So this is one of those books that feeds exactly into my preconceived notions. Sort of my pet issue for the past few years has been the contempt and dickery over the idea of "stupid people" maintained by, well, pretty much every, no matter their intelligence or even their self-perceived intelligence. I think it's more complicated than a one-dimensional spectrum, and measures and levels of intelligence mean different things than the common assumption, and one of the biggest messages of this book [...]


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