John Gatto

Award winning teacher who documented the corporate agenda for compulsory schooling.

“We must wake up to what our schools really are: laboratories of experimentation on young minds, drill centers for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. Mandatory education serves children only incidentally; its real purpose is to turn them into servants… We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.”

- John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto is a former teacher and vocal critic of compulsory schooling. He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991. After thirty years of teaching, Gatto quit in 1991 and has been exposing the problems of modern schooling ever since. His books include Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling; The Exhausted School; A Different Kind of Teacher; and The Underground History Of American Education.