John Taylor Gatto

Against school - John Taylor Gatto

A 2003 article by John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher, on the US education system, its history and reasons for being. We disagree with some elements of his perspective, which are elaborated on in the comments below.

I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it.