"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live..." – John Taylor Gatto
S on his first day of school - first grade! His full report:
"It's a little bit fun and a little bit boring. Music class was good. We saw a film, but I wasn't interested in it. If they show a film about dinosaurs or volcanoes I'll be interested. Tomorrow we have art class! They have a library, but they wouldn't let me borrow any books. I don't think they have a science room. I want science. I told the teacher when I felt 'jumpy' and she took me for a walk around the school so I could feel better. There's too much sitting, I need more movement. I think women teachers are gentler than men teachers. I want to invent my own school, a barefoot school, my feet sweat. "