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Parents who want the best

Parents who want the best educations for their kids really should explore what Gatto has to say. The man taught in the NYC public system for years, was even named teacher of the year, then famously resigned with a letter published in the WSJ:

http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/prologue2.htm

Public (and most private) education today is far, far inferior to what is possible, and far different from how the great minds of the past were educated. I happen to be traveling in Italy, and am in Florence at the moment. Wherever you look in Florence you are astounded by the incredible art. It's everywhere, and it's an unbelievable testament to what humans can do.

How was it possible that, 5 or 6 centuries ago humans were able to manually produce such art? It comes from many, many hours spent learning the techniques as apprentices, combined with human passion. It only comes from self motivated artists, producing art not to just make a living, but because it is a chosen passion.

THIS is what I mean when I say that schools today fail to help kids figure out their futures. Yes, parents should be the first to take this step, but what about those kids with parents like the Obama phone woman?

I don't care who you are or what you plan to do with your life, you can find meaning and happiness in many lines of work. Schools should be helping kids figure out their passions, and then guiding their learning within that passion.

Heck, being a great plumber or auto mechanic can be just as rewarding and life fulfilling as being a great scientist.

The cookie cutter education our schools present today is mind numbing. As Gatto writes, if we were trying to create the worst form of education possible we'd be hard pressed to come up with anything better than our current system.

Our present system is sooooo horribly different from what schools should be that it's practically impossible to see how it's changed en masse.

Today, and probably for well into the future, an excellent education for one's kids has to come from a choice made by an awakened parent.

Unfortunately, the Obama phone lady's kids are completely screwed.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein