The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto (Intro + Hour 1 of 5)

February 28, 2012
By (notes, transcript, links, and more) http (all of John’s books, and current projects) (episodes 041-045 cover The Ultimate History Lesson + Analysis) http (an online community which provides educational media by independent producers) OUTLINE FOR HOUR 1: 1. Arriving at abstraction, critical thinking and draft evaluations (17:09) 2. The metaphor of schooling and the school of fish. Collective expectations vs. individualism, identity and uniqueness. Volition in group selection. Language theft, Newspeak, Lippmann and the schooling transformation. The language of education becomes respected out of ritual. 3. Awareness of contrary dynamics leading to theories of dialectics. Intellectual self defense, questioning authority. The malign intent against individuality. Reality testing. Conditioned from infancy to shave the truth. Education begins with mistrust. 4. Outcome based education, servile arts vs. independent self sufficiency and life-long learning. The logic of schooling and asking “why?” Teaching experiences spanning 30 years including Gold Coast, Harlem, and Spanish Harlem and the disparity between what Gatto accomplished vs. the Protocol. Teaching his class to asking questions. Visiting delegations. The ideal of 120 individual curricula. Learning more from students than from the Ivy League. 5. The extension of childhood and the economics of planned obsolescence. Lincoln’s Mudsill Moment in 1859. The British are

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