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Support Film on Education

How To Get YOUR NAME listed in the credits of a powerful new Film

That will reform Education in America
as it answers the question…

Do We Really Need School?

“Do we really need school? I don’t mean education, just forced schooling: six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years. Is this deadly routine really necessary? And if so, for what?

Don’t hide behind reading, writing, and arithmetic as a rationale, because 2 million happy homeschoolers have surely put that banal justification to rest. Even if they hadn’t, a considerable number of well-known Americans never went through the twelve-year wringer our kids currently go through, and they turned out all right.

George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln? Someone taught them, to be sure, but they were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever “graduated” from a secondary school. Throughout most of American history, kids generally didn’t go to high school, yet the unschooled rose to be admirals, like Farragut; inventors, like Edison; captains of industry like Carnegie and Rockefeller; writers, like Melville and Twain and Conrad; and even scholars, like Margaret Mead. In fact, until pretty recently people who reached the age of thirteen weren’t looked upon as children at all. Ariel Durant, who co-wrote an enormous, and very good, multivolume history of the world with her husband, Will, was happily married at fifteen, and who could reasonably claim that Ariel Durant was an uneducated person? Unschooled, perhaps, but not uneducated.

We have been taught (that is, schooled) in this country to think of “success” as synonymous with, or at least dependent upon, “schooling,” but historically that isn’t true in either an intellectual or a financial sense. And plenty of people throughout the world today find a way to educate themselves without resorting to a system of compulsory secondary schools that all too often resemble prisons.

Why, then, do Americans confuse education with just such a system? What exactly is the purpose of our public schools?”

The above excerpt is from an article written by John Taylor Gatto (an award-winning, 30-year-veteran teacher of New York schools) that was published in the September 2003 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article was one of many that resulted from the public awakening to the problems inherent in public schooling as revealed in Gatto’s bombshell book, The Underground History of American Education.

The Underground History of American Education

The book, a product of nine years of research and a half-million dollar investment, pulls back the curtain to reveal the actual purpose for which mass forced schooling was conceived and identifies the problems with modern schooling and what can be done to fix it.

Every person in America who has ever gone to a public school, or enrolled their children in public school, or paid taxes to support public schools should read this book. Gatto has made it easy by making the entire book available to read for FREE online.

Join FREE Book Discussion

Beginning June 1st, you can join hundreds of others who will read the book online and engage in a discussion about it. To participate simply join the FREE EduTalk e-list at Yahoo groups. Invite your friends to read along with us. No purchase necessary!

Help Fund The Film – Get Your Name in the Credits!

Once you’ve read and discussed the book, you will see how important it is to donate to the production of a new Documentary Film Series based on the book. It promises to be a hard-hitting and compelling exploration of American compulsory schooling that asks:

  • What’s Wrong With Our Schools? — It will examine the troubling anomalies of our current system.
  • How Did It Get That Way? — It will penetrate the untold history of our schools
  • What Can We Do? — It will survey the many extraordinary alternatives available to students, parents and teachers.

Please, help us make this film a reality. Learn more about it by visiting: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/fourthpurpose/gatto.htm.

Donate Right Now and your name will be included in the closing credits of the film. Hurry! Don’t delay! Be a part of making a dynamic film that will change American education for the better!

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