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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why: America’s High Schools Are Creating (Another) Lost Generation

Thirteen Reasons Why: America’s High Schools Are Creating (Another) Lost Generation


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  1. In my opinion our school systems have been designed by the Corporation we call The United States of America Inc. You can read all about this in You Know Something is Wrong When... An American Affidavit for Probable Cause by Anna Von Reitz and James Clinton Belcher. This short article by John Taylor Gatto is timely.

    33. An Enclosure Movement For Children: The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto from

    An Enclosure Movement For Children

    The secret of American schooling is that it doesn't teach the way children learn, and it
    isn't supposed to; school was engineered to serve a concealed command economy and a
    deliberately re-stratified social order. It wasn't made for the benefit of kids and families
    as those individuals and institutions would define their own needs. School is the first
    impression children get of organized society; like most first impressions, it is the lasting
    one. Life according to school is dull and stupid, only consumption promises relief: Coke,
    Big Macs, fashion jeans, that's where real meaning is found, that is the classroom's
    lesson, however indirectly delivered.

    The decisive dynamics which make forced schooling poisonous to healthy human
    development aren't hard to spot. Work in classrooms isn't significant work; it fails to
    satisfy real needs pressing on the individual; it doesn't answer real questions experience
    raises in the young mind; it doesn't contribute to solving any problem encountered in
    actual life. The net effect of making all schoolwork external to individual longings,
    experiences, questions, and problems is to render the victim listless. This phenomenon
    has been well-understood at least since the time of the British enclosure movement which
    forced small farmers off their land into factory work. Growth and mastery come only to
    those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating,
    enjoying privacy — these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to
    prevent, on one pretext or another. Continued