by Vin Suprynowicz
Last week, we again delved into John Taylor Gatto’s invaluable text The Underground History of American Education, citing his summary of the career of George Washington.
The point of Mr. Gatto – a former New York city and state (government) Teacher of the Year – when he summarizes the careers of men like Washington, Franklin, David Farragut, Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, is twofold. First, the careers of these men – by no means all child geniuses, by no means all the offspring of wealthy aristocrats – demonstrate that literacy, fame and high character have often been achieved in America without the benefit of more than a few years’ formal schooling. That is to say, the insistence of today’s educrats that anyone deprived of a full 12 years locked up in their compulsory propaganda camps is doomed to a lifetime as an illiterate loser is self-promoting nonsense from those anxious to perpetuate the largest make-work “jobs” program in history.