Thursday, March 08, 2007

Reading - Gatto


Reading at Monkton Wyld: DJ read 1001 Animal Quacker Jokes by Jasmine Birtles and The New World Order by Ben Jeapes.

I read Krishnamurti's Freedom From The Known - great book! - and bought Dumbing Us Down, The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto, which I'm looking forward to read properly. Here are some random bits:

"Discovering meaning for yourself as well as discovering satisfying purpose for yourself, is a big part of what education is. How this can be done by locking children (in schools) away from the world is beyond me."

"The absurdity of defining education as an economic good becomes clear if we ask ourselves what is gained by perceiving education as a way to enhance even further the runaway consumption that threatens the earth, the air, and the water of our planet? Should we continue to teach people that they can buy happiness in the face of a tidal wave of evidence that they cannot? Shall we ignore that drug addiction, alcoholism, teenage suicide, divorce, and other despairs are pathologies of the prosperous much more than they are of the poor?"

"Whatever education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die."

6 comments:

mcewen said...

You set the bar high!
Can I say that you're cheating by not having a profile or must I be content with your banner?
Cheers dearies

mcewen said...

p.s. or an e-mail address [although I'm more sympathetic to that preference]

Tibetan Star said...

Profile should be on now...

Club 166 said...

I followed your link to Gatto's site.

He certainly makes a good case for abandoning the present structure of school, especially for kids on the autism spectrum, who are non-conformists by nature.

lucy said...

That book is one of my favourites - no mincing of words or sugar coating :)

Tibetan Star said...

Maybe he is an aspie? Straight to the point, no beating around the bush, saying it as it is...