John Taylor Gatto on Public Schooling

~ by Omaira on August 12, 2014.

2 Responses to “John Taylor Gatto on Public Schooling”

  1. Hi! Popped over from thriftdiving room challenge… seriously, these are words to my own sentiments. I had someone think I was crazy because I wouldn’t “drop my kids off” at the children’s play center at Ikea while we shopped. “I do not hand my children over to people whom I do not know.” I feel the same way about sending them off to school. I also find it odd that my two five year olds would have a daily “life” for 7 hours that did not include us, their family (and they grow so fast and we would be missing -and missing them – so much!). My child’s violin teacher actually thanked me for attending my child’s private lessons, because “I was the only parent who did that.” Some parents she had never even met! WHAT?! On the flip side, my coz is a single dad, and he needs to earn a living, so off his son goes to public school; he needs to go somewhere while his father works, no family around to help. I feel blessed to homeschool, and sad that not everyone can should they want to. Thanks for this post. -Beth M.

    • Hi Beth! Great to see you here and I completely agree with your comment. Homeschooling, I feel is a privilege, and while it’s a great option, it’s not possible for everyone. We’ve taken an income cut in choosing to homeschool and that’s the reality of it. Some people will say well our children should come first, but just because parents do not homeschool, it doesn’t mean their children don’t come first, especially for single parents who are committed and involved in their children’s lives, sometimes it isn’t an option. That’s why on the flip-side, it is important to ensure that we know our children’s teachers and who they are involved with at any given time and strive for quality education no matter what the setting. Thank you for the comment and clarity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Faith, Motherhood, Culture, Resources, Food & Life

Identity Crisis

Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, Feminist

Fig & Olive

Increased Stations

Alfie Kohn

The Writings Of Alfie Kohn

Meri Cherry

Adventures in Process Art


"To sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth."

Splendid Pearls

Orthodox Sunni Islam

My Patronus Is Coffee

Life is Messy. Send Coffee and Posh.

Baraka Birth

birth doula | fertility support | women's health

the CHILD centered

where parent and teacher CONNECT

Praying With One Eye Open

Thoughts on motherhood, the writer life, and staying awake

TED Blog

The TED Blog shares news about TED Talks and TED Conferences.

dr. p.l. (paul) thomas

educator, public scholar, poet&writer - academic freedom isn't free

An Ethical Island

How to Teach Without a Lecture and other fun

The Finer Points

A Blog About All Things Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

Parenting From Scratch

Writing my way through unconditional parenting

%d bloggers like this: