A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling

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Berkeley Hills Books, 2000 - 230 pages
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Gatto analyzes the roots of the modern American education system, outlining prescriptions for revitalizing the system, advocating greater emphasis on critical analysis, creativity, practicality, and real-world exposure in the curriculum. He calls on educators and administrators to acknowledge student's need for a spiritual and ethical framework upon which to build a good life.

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User Review  - morningsidefamily - LibraryThing

Four stars for sheer provocation. Whatever you think about Gatto's sometimes paranoid assertions, he really thinks outside the box, and he really believes in guerilla education. This is a different kind of empowerment. Read full review

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User Review  - montano - LibraryThing

A compelling argument against the system of institutional schooling now in practice in the United States. John Gatto was voted Teacher of the Year in New York state 3 times so he is in a unique ... Read full review


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John Gatto is one of the most vocal proponents of the "free school" movement. A retired New York State public school teacher, Gatto has been named "Teacher of the Year" in both New York City and New York State. In books such as Tyranny of Government Schooling and Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, Gatto exposes the hidden agendas of public schooling. He advocates a restructuring of learning to better prepare students for life and to foster creativity and intelligence over rote memorization. A frequent lecturer, Gatto has also written many articles outlining his opinions of bureaucratic schools and bureaucratic society, often contrasting contemporary America with 19th century American ideals. Many people use Gatto's philosophies as a basis for the increasingly popular trend toward home schooling.

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