This week I have warmed my desk chair for at least 18 hours, listening to The Schoolhouse Expo, an online homeschool convention. It has been wonderful, and I have learned SO much. Last night’s speaker was John Taylor Gatto, who is probably one of the most fascinating speakers on education I have ever heard. Evidently, many others agreed, because he was scheduled to speak for two hours, but ended up talking for more than three, past 10 pm, and no one complained.
He is a former New York public school teacher who resigned shortly after winning New York State Teacher of the Year. He now is a homeschool advocate and advisor whose radically different ideas on education turn our little public-schooled brains completely upside-down. At 74 years old, he is still very actively involved in the homeschool scene and is working on another book.
I’ve added a couple of videos here that give a quick idea of what he believes and what methods he endorses. The first is another speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, who introduces the idea, and the second video gives a glimpse of John Gatto’s methods while teaching in New York.