John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto was the 1991 New York State Teacher of the Year when he ended his 30-year teaching career with a flourish, with an essay he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, titled “I Quit, I Think.” In the wake of that opinion piece and a show later that year at Carnegie Hall titled “An Evening with John Taylor Gatto,” he found himself much in demand as a public speaker, and he observed:

“As I traveled, I discovered a universal hunger, often unvoiced, to be free of managed debate. A desire to be given untainted information. Nobody seemed to have maps of where this thing had come from or why it acted as it did, but the ability to smell a rat was alive and well all over America.”

From coast to coast, and then circling the globe, John has traveled and lectured about education, children, learning, schooling, and where we’re headed as a society, as a planet. This editorial shares some of his accomplishments and a few good quotes from his speaking and writing, such as these:

“One thing you do know is how unlikely it will be for any teacher to understand the personality of your particular child or anything significant about your family, culture, religion, plans, hopes, dreams.”

“You wouldn’t build a home without some idea what it would look like when finished, but you are compelled to let a corps of perfect strangers tinker with your child’s mind and personality without the foggiest idea what they want to do with it.”

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