FULL PLAYLIST – The Underground History of American Education

A video series based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education

Arranged and edited by Brett Veinotte

01. Before You Send Your Child to Public School…
02. Teacher Resignation: "I Quit. I Think"
03. The New Individualism
04. The New Dumbness
05. The Art of Driving
06. Schooling: Athens vs. Sparta
07. Extending Childhood
08. The Scientific Management of America, Part 1
09. The Scientific Management of America, Part 2
10. The Dumbing Down of America
11. The Land of Frankenstein - The Prussian Connection Part 1
12. The Long Reach of the Teutonic Knights - The Prussian Connection Part 2
13. The Prussian Reform Movement - The Prussian Connection Part 3
14. The Technology of Subjection - The Prussian Connection Part 4
15. Public School: A Conspiracy Against Ourselves

The Underground History of American Education has continuously proven to be an extremely valuable resource. A friend gave me a copy of the book in 2009, after I had gained some recognition for School Sucks Podcast. After just a quick skim, I prioritized the projection of John's work to a new audience. And fortunately I would not be alone in this continued pursuit. Two years later, John was featured in the Tragedy & Hope documentary called The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto. Think of it as a living, breathing version of this book. The presentation stretches five hours - a seemingly ideal length - and features a series of clever questions that invite a stream-of-consciousness but highly educational dialog.

Many others have now joined in, and the work we do to spread John's message is the payment of a debt. We raise awareness through media and reach new audiences because we can stand on his shoulders. During one segment in The Ultimate History Lesson, John recounts his research into two significant yet enigmatic public school pioneers at Harvard University, Alexander Inglis and James Bryant Conant. He describes an arduous process of gathering information about something called the Inglis Lecture as a series of phone calls, inquisitive but friendly letters and extensive exercises in patience. Add to this his seemingly endless hours spent combing through dry, disconnected yet self-congratulatory writing penned by progressive academics in the early 20th century - books and essays never intended for an audience beyond the responsible men with the self-assigned task of scientifically managing the rest of us. John not only uncovers their veiled agendas, but he also manages to make their bland and unbearable writing into a form of entertainment for the rest of us. His investment of years in inquiry, analysis and argumentation now results in my ability to find the answers to many of my esoteric school history questions in fifteen minutes or less. Just a quick visit to the index of this book reveals why that is the place my research often begins. -Brett

The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary)

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