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Written by award-winning teachers and their students, these essays present successful teaching methods that work in both traditional and nontraditional classroom settings. Gattos voice is strong and unique. Thomas Moore, author These 13 essays, presented at the National Grassroots Speakout on the Right to School Choice, illustrate how education reform actually works.
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Berkeley Hills Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Exhausted School , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 30, Heather added it.
If you've never read anything by John Taylor Gatto I wouldn't start with this one. Even though it's short I think it would be confusing. The book is a compilation of the talks even a lead up to the talks given at a Carnegie Hall event telling people about alternative schooling.
If you're looking for alternatives to the public school, it is worth reading. If you like John Gatto, it's worth reading. If neither of those are the case, I'd skip it.
However, the last chapter was a fascinating look a If you've never read anything by John Taylor Gatto I wouldn't start with this one. However, the last chapter was a fascinating look at how Plato's Republic has negatively influenced our country. So if that pique's your interest it may still be worth it. Although the chapter seemed written in a hurry and is confusing at first.
Jul 31, Matthew Moes rated it it was amazing Shelves: education. Inspiring material for educators. Many great ideas are presented here from different people offering alternatives to traditional school models. The subtitle better captures what this book is about than the title: "Bending the bars of Traditional Education". I like that. Education should set us free, and the place of learning should not look or feel like prison.
Let's bend the bars! Jun 09, Ummzahra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: teachers, parents, educators, school adminstration, community activists.
Recommended to Ummzahra by: Umm Layth. The book was an excellent read filled with the many options and possibilities of educating our children. Some models mentioned were democratic schools, Waldorf schools, farm schools, home school, self-directed learning, etc. The best part is the last chapter called "The Curriculum of School Reform" which talks about the purpose and start of schooling in America.
Nov 25, Elizabeth Lund rated it it was ok. This is mostly interesting as a chronicle of the event it grew out of. The final and longest essay, by Gatto himself, seems to take some odd ideas for granted, like that our country has a terrible crisis of "stranger adoption" a term I assume he uses in order to contrast this phenomenon with adoption by family members or, possibly, family friends. Jul 25, Gea rated it really liked it Recommends it for: critique of schools and alternatives.
Shelves: learningeducation. The exhausted school — an amazing event put together by Gatto and some other key speakers in Carnegie hall in — the discussions of the speakers put into essay form for the book that describes the speakers, their work, the planning of the event, alternatives in school, and how the event was severely downplayed by the school system, media, and other power sources.
Good book — easy read. Dec 07, Starr rated it really liked it. This book is a collection of several speeches given at Carnegie Hall in the early 90s. It's a call for alternative education philosophies to be made available to the general public with public funding intact homeschool, free school, waldorf, for instance. Dec 10, Michelle rated it liked it.
Interesting book. Stories of people who have been educated or educate in non-conventional ways. Eva Pirro rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Rachel rated it liked it Dec 06, Mouna Hajjar rated it it was amazing Apr 05, C C rated it it was ok Apr 15, Crysta rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Craigrhodes rated it really liked it Jul 13, Kassie rated it really liked it Aug 23, Brooke rated it liked it Aug 03, Janey rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Calence Emerson rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Keely O'Connor rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Kathely rated it it was ok Sep 26, Arabellagreenleaf rated it liked it Mar 06, Nick Neddo rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Philip rated it it was amazing Jul 08, George rated it liked it Jan 24, Didan Praboe rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Callie rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Mohamed Lotfy rated it really liked it Dec 22, John Taylorvgatto rated it it was amazing May 07, Holly Garza rated it it was amazing May 10, Bonniepianogirl rated it really liked it Mar 28, Matt rated it liked it Nov 08, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About John Taylor Gatto. John Taylor Gatto. 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. Books by John Taylor Gatto.
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You might expect that someone once voted New York State Teacher of the Year would be a supporter of the public-school system. If so, you have not encountered John Taylor Gatto. A vocal critic of compulsory schooling, Gatto spent his twenty-six-year teaching career subverting the system in order to better help his students learn. Education, according to Gatto, is but a nominal goal of the public schools, which are actually designed to prevent children from learning too much, thereby making them into unquestioning, dependent, and obedient citizens. Gatto now tours the country speaking out against government schooling.
John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto  December 15,  — October 25, was an American author and school teacher who taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years. He devoted much of his energy to his teaching career, then, following his resignation, authored several books on modern education , criticizing its ideology, history, and consequences. In his youth he attended public schools throughout the Pittsburgh Metro Area including Swissvale , Monongahela, and Uniontown as well as a Catholic boarding school in Latrobe. He did undergraduate work at Cornell , the University of Pittsburgh , and Columbia , then served in the U.