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The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling

Gatto, John Taylor

2001, January 1


“The World’s Most Courageous Teacher” reveals the inner circle secrets of the American school system. The legendary schoolteacher, John Taylor Gatto, invested over 10 years of dedicated research to uncover some of the most alarming ideas and writings by the creators and advocates of mandatory attendance schooling, which show where the system came from and why it was created. He combined these facts with his personal experience as a teacher for 30 years in New York public schools, where he won many awards, including being named State Teacher of the Year twice, and has authored an all-time classic.

This book was originally published in 2001, and has been printed a number of times. However, this updated version includes new essays from the author, as well as contributions from Dr. Ron Paul, David Ruenzel, and Richard Grove. This is the first of a 3 book volume which will help the reader gain a solid understanding about the American school organization and many of the hidden, yet powerful parts. In this first of set, Mr. Gatto’s humble yet bold personality, mixed with humor and class, makes it an enjoyable read, despite the importance and implications of the subject. Mr. Gatto says, “It’s time to take our schools back. If they mean to have a war, let it begin now.”

Where to Find Resource Online

The most recent edition of the book (published May 22, 2017) is available for purchase:


Digital versions of the first edition:

     Internet Archive

Audiobook version can be downloaded as a ZIP file from:

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PDF available below.


A 2 hour 44 minute presentation, The Underground History Of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto:

Source link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkT0k57tAHo

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