Saturday, April 21, 2007

J.T.Gatto...again!

"Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? Surely not so a few of them can get rich? Even if it worked that way, and I doubt it does, why wouldn't any sane community look on such an education as positively wrong? It divides and classifies people, demanding that they compulsively compete with each other, and publicly labels the losers by literally de-grading them, identifying them as "low-class" material. And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff!"

"Mass education cannot work to produce a fair society because its daily practice is practice in rigged competition, suppression, and intimidation. The schools we've allowed to develop can't work to teach non-material values, the values which give meaning to everyone's life, rich or poor, because the structure of schooling is held together by a Byzantine tapestry of reward and threat, of carrots and sticks. Official favor, grades, or other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not freedom."

"Mass schooling damages children. We don't need more of it."

1 comment:

Lucy said...

I have not reached the acceptance level yet either... but the anger is less. It's more increduality I'm left with - how can anyone think what goes on in schools is acceptable? The removal from school shows us how bad it was - we thought we knew but look now... then how great home ed is shows it up yet further in comparison.

(obviously got a bit more to work though here!!)