WE NEED LESS SCHOOL, NOT MORE, BY JOHN TAYLOR GATTO

We Need Less School, Not More, by John Taylor Gatto

A Surprising number of otherwise sensible people find it hard to see why the scope and reach of our formal schooling networks should not be increased – by extending the school day or year, for instance – in order to provide an economical solution to the problems posed by the decay of the American family. People who lean in this direction are all around right now. One reason for their preference, I think, is that they have trouble understanding the real difference between communities and networks, or even the difference between families and networks. Because of this confusion they conclude that replacing a bad network with a good one is the right way to go. Since I disagree so strongly with the fundamental premise that networks are workable substitutes for families, and because from anybody’s point of view a lot more school is going to cost a lot more money, I thought I’d tell you why, from a schoolteacher’s perspective, we shouldn’t think more school but less.

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