"Independent study, community service, adventures and experience, large doses of privacy and solitude, a thousand different apprenticeships--the one-day variety or longer--these are all powerful, cheap, and effective ways to start a real reform of schooling. But no large-scale reform is ever going to work to repair our damaged children and our damaged society until we force open the idea of 'school' to include family as the main engine of education. If we use schooling to break children away from parents--and make no mistake, that has been the central function of schools since John Cotton announced it as the purpose of the Bay Colony schools in 1650 and Horace Mann announced it as the purpose of Massachusetts schools in 1850--we’re going to continue to have the horror show we have right now."
-John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"
"The entire drive of our modern governmental structure is to sedate and distract the population to such an extent that they'll literally have no interest in rebelling against their slave based existence, simply because they can never gather a moment to think about what's really happening....if thought is even possible, because they've undergone such an extensive chemical lobotomy. This is the "slavery without tears" that Huxley was talking about. Drive fake emotional impulses through their nervous systems using chemicals plus electronic images on screens............and make the public choke to death on it."
"We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds: we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remoreseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?"
From a letter sent out to his closest friends for New Year's Day 1943