Taylor Gatto Essay

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Why Schools Don't Educate by John Taylor Gatto | | |I accept this award on behalf of all the fine teachers I've known over the years who've struggled to make their transactions with children honorable ones,| |men and women who are never complacent, always questioning, always wrestling to define and redefine endlessly what the word "education" should mean. A | |Teacher of the Year is not the best teacher around, those people are too quiet to be easily uncovered, but he is a standard-bearer, symbolic of these | |private people who spend their lives gladly in the service of children. This is their award as well as mine. | |We live in a time of great school crisis. Our children rank at the bottom of nineteen industrial nations in reading, writing and arithmetic. At the very | |bottom. The world's narcotic economy is based upon our own consumption of the commodity, if we didn't buy so many powdered dreams the business would | |collapse - and schools are an important sales outlet. Our teenage suicide rate is the highest in the world and suicidal kids are rich kids for the most | |part, not the poor. In Manhattan fifty per cent of all new marriages last less than five years. So something is wrong for sure. | |Our school crisis is a reflection of this greater social crisis. We seem to have lost our identity. Children and old people are penned up and locked away | |from the business of the world to a degree without precedent - nobody talks to them anymore and without children and old people mixing in daily life a | |community has no future and no past, only a continuous present. In fact, the name "community" hardly applies to the way we interact with each other. We | |live in networks, not communities, and everyone I know is lonely because of that. In some strange way

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