maple leaf 2-20. "Why Schools Don't Educate"

These things are killing us a nation: drugs, brainless competition, recreational sex, the pornography of violence, gambling, alcohol, and the worst pornography of all - lives devoted to buying things - accumulation as a philosophy. All are addictions of dependent personalities and that is what our brand of schooling must inevitably produce.

Issues that need to be considered when working with children? {For the most part?}

1. Children are indifferent to the adult world, nobody wants to grow up.

2. Children have almost no curiosity, and what little they do have is transitory; they cannot concentrate for very long, even on things they choose to do.

3. Children have a poor sense of the future, of how tomorrow is linked to today.

4. Children are ahistorical; they have no sense of how the past has predestined their own present, limiting their choices, shaping their values and lives.

5. Children are cruel to each other; they lack compassion for misfortune, they laugh at weakness, they have contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly.

6. Children are uneasy with intimacy or candor.

7. Children are materialistic, and they see everything in the world for sale.

8. Children are dependent, passive, and timid in the presence of new challenges. This timidity is frequently masked by surface bravado, or by anger, or aggressiveness.

"Why Schools Don't Educate"
John Taylor Gatto
HOPE Humanity Making a Difference
October 1996
pp. 18-24

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