Rhythm and John Taylor Gatto

We have been doing pretty well in the rhythm department with a couple of side tracks here and there. It is definitely a work in progress and something that is going to have to be tweaked and adjusted. I have more craft pictures to post but will wait until after we to today’s which was supposed to be yesterday’s.

Next week I get to hear John Taylor Gatto Speak!! I am sooo excited. I have wanted to hear him ever since we started unschooling. Everything he says is something I feel like standing up and saying AMEN! to. Don’t worry though I will restrain myself. 😉

So here are a few quotes that I found on this page.


“…‘How will they learn to read?’ you ask, and my answer is ‘Remember the lessons of Massachusetts.’ When children are given whole lives instead of age-graded ones in cellblocks, they learn to read, write, and do arithmetic with ease, if those things make sense in the kind of life that unfolds around them.”

– John Taylor Gatto



“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”

 – John Taylor Gatto


“By preventing a free market in education, a handful of social engineers – backed by the industries that profit from compulsory schooling: teacher colleges, textbook publishers, materials suppliers, et al. – has ensured that most of our children will not have an education, even though they may be thoroughly schooled.”

 – John Taylor Gatto


And one that I found from his acceptance speech for being selected as the New York State Teacher of the Year.



It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings, or to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry.



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