I am so grateful (my two children definitely are grateful) that I read some of his books before my eldest was of school age. They have both thus far been saved the miserable experience of the California public school system which their mother and I both floundered in.
Because of John Taylor Gatto, I came to understand I had autonomy over my children's education which I did not realize I possessed and they have since been taught rather than simply warehoused and tested. My youngest has yet to even take a standardized test and I'm not anxious about that at all because he has a passion for learning. As it was my eldest, in finally taking a standardized test in 8th grade, scored in the top one percent nationwide for both reading & Math as well as combined sciences. Now as a 10th grader, her ACT and PSAT scores are no less impressive and I'm telling you, it isn't due to genetics but instead her own desire to learn; a desire, unlike mine and her mother's, that wasn't crushed in an institution of indoctrination with a mission of producing obedient workers void of critical thinking.
God Speed in your recovery, John Taylor Gato; your impact on my life and that of my children is greater than you will ever know.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
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