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Ex-teacher lambastes our schools

John Taylor Gatto doesn’t give easy multiple-choice tests.

In “Against School: How Public School Cripples Our Kids, and Why,” his piece in the September Harper’s, the former New York State Teacher of the Year asks tough essay questions about our system of public schooling that few parents ever have time to ask.

Big, important questions like “Do we really need school?” And “What exactly is the purpose of our public schools?”

Gatto, who grew up in the Washington County river town of Monongahela and is the author of “The Underground History of American Education,” has spent the past decade subverting the philosophical underpinnings of the education industrial complex and encouraging parents to home-school, start charter schools and seek alternatives to public schooling. Read more…

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