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    Filed at 9:58 pm under by dcobranchi

    Another good essay by the master.

    Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they’ll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology – all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.

    Definitely worth a read.

    One Response to “GATTO”

    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 20th, 2004
    at 2:47 am

    It’s funny how much of a unifying force the homeschooling/unschooling movement is, as its supporters range across the ideological spectrum from leftists like Gatto to people like me. 🙂