John Taylor Gatto
American teacher and authorwd:Q952347
country of citizenship:
United States of America
educated at: Columbia University, Hunter College, University of Pittsburgh, University of California, Berkeley, Yeshiva University, Cornell University, Reed College
occupation: teacher, essayist, writer
John Taylor Gatto (December 15, 1935 – October 25, 2018) was an American author and school teacher who taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years. He devoted much of his energy to his teaching career, then, following his resignation, authored several books on modern education, criticizing its ideology, history, and consequences. He is best known for his books Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, and The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling, which is sometimes considered to be his magnum opus.
He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991.
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