INSPIRATIONAL HOMESCHOOLING QUOTES

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Today I thought I would share some quotes from one of my favorite homeschooling speakers and authors, John Taylor Gatto.  In my post titled Alli’s Favorites for the New Homeschooler I shared about two of his books, Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education. To give you a little background about John, before becoming an advocate for homeschooling, he taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years. During that time he was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. In 1991, while he was still named the State Teacher of the year, John decided to retire/resign as a teacher.  When he retired, he wrote a letter announcing his retirement to the OP ED in The Wall Street Journal, saying that he no longer wished to “hurt kids to make a living.”  That is a powerful statement to say after just receiving the state’s award.  Since then he has been sharing openly his criticisms of compulsory education, its ideology, history and consequences.  He is an engaging speaker and writer and his books are inspiring for any homeschooler, to say the least.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“The home-schooling movement has quietly grown to a size where one and half million young people are being educated entirely by their own parents; last month the education press reported the amazing news that, in their ability to think, children schooled at home seem to be five or even ten years ahead of their formally trained peers.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“What’s gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“Genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us.”
John Taylor Gatto

“…good things happen to the human spirit when it is left alone.”
John Taylor Gatto

“Whatever an 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 roadmap 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.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“The primary goal of real education is not to deliver facts but to guide students to the truths that will allow them to take responsibility for their lives.”
John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling

“The lesson of report cards, grades, and tests is that children should not trust themselves or their parents but should instead rely on the evaluation of certified officials. People need to be told what they are worth.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“It is time that we squarely face the fact that institutional school teaching is destructive to children.”
John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

This is a really small sampling of his quotes.  If you would like to read many more quotes by John Taylor Gatto go to: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/41319.John_Taylor_Gatto?page=1 .

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