Copyright 2010 Deborah Taylor-Hough (research article)
Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?
In his provocative essay, “Against School,” John Taylor Gatto (2003) details many of the problems he sees with America’s public schools and methods of education. Gatto (2003) quotes H. L. Mencken in The American Mercury that “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality.” As a former New York State Teacher of the Year, Gatto’s views of public education were developed after years of firsthand experience within the very system he critiques. When receiving his Teacher of the Year award, Gatto said, “We live in a time of great school crisis. We rank at the bottom of 19 industrialized nations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. At the very bottom” (Taylor, 2009). Continue reading