The Whole World’s a Stage

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The Underground History of American Education

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  `It’s important to underline that Bonhoeffer meant that literally, not metaphorically–schooling after the Prussian fashion removes the ability of the mind to think for itself. It teaches people to wait for a teacher to tell them what to do and if what they have done is good or bad. Prussian teaching paralyses the moral will as well as the intellect. It’s true that sometimes well-schooled students sound smart, because they memorize many opinions of great thinkers, but they actually are badly damaged because their own ability to think is left rudimentary and undeveloped.’

Teacher of the Year John Taylor Gatto 

John Taylor Gatto

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Written by Reckon

December 1, 2007 at 3:18 am

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