“Through compelling examples, Brian Schultz shares how educators can help students use their powers.”
—From the Foreword by Deborah Meier, teacher, principal, and advocate
“This book is an invitation to rethink teaching from top to bottom, to dive into classroom life as a passionate adventure in discovery and surprise.”
—From the Afterword by William Ayers, education activist
“For teachers who genuinely seek to make a difference through their work, this book will be a helpful resource.”
—Pedro A. Noguera, University of California, Los Angeles
“We can only hope that educators will read the new edition and be inspired to make similar choices themselves.”
—From the Foreword by Pedro Noguera, UCLA
“In this eagerly awaited second edition, Schultz has reiterated what it means to be a courageous and caring teacher.”
—From the Afterword by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“A compelling read that continues to remind us how much a better world depends on our ability to foster learning and teaching experiences that nurture young people’s capacity to think deeply.”
—Denise Taliaferro Baszile, VP, AERA Division B
“This second edition highlights the ongoing dismantling of urban public schools in the name of ‘reform,’ even while fueling our sense of possibility and hope.”
—Kevin Kumashiro, author, Bad Teacher!
After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning "disabilities" are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame, accomplishing little but to teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine.
He became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that "genius is as common as dirt," but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills we're born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment.
Gatto's radical treatise on public education, a New Society Publishers bestseller for 25 years, continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, it's poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years.
Featuring a new foreword from Zachary Slayback, an Ivy League dropout and cofounder of tech start-up career foundry Praxis, this 25th anniversary edition will inspire new generations of parents and students to take control of learning and kickstart an empowered society of self-directed lifetime-learners.