Ages ago, Doc introduced me to John Taylor Gatto‘s essay The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher (since upgraded to eight lessons, I think). I’ve been a fan ever since, and met him a couple of times. At one point, he recommended what is now one of my favorite history books, Tragedy and Hope.
Right now I’m reading his tome, The Underground History of American Education. It rambles, but it’s a wowzer.
Mark Finnern, who runs the Future Salons at SAP down in the Valley, is also a fan of Gatto’s, and convinced John to travel out here to speak. Read more about the talk on Mark’s blog or follow it on Upcoming.