Adolescence is artificial. High school is a farce.

What we’re doin’ ain’t workin’. Here’s why:

Trashin Teens. The Case Against Adolescence. “Psychology Today”

John Taylor Gatto. Weapons of Mass Instruction. The video on BookTV.
John Taylor Gatto. The Paradox of Extended Childhood.
John Taylor Gatto. The Underground History of American Education.

X-ref: “What Women Want” which talks about how modern life provides no opportunities to prove oneself.

X-ref: Steve Barkley, who calls for “authentic learning”.

X-ref: Rafe Esquith, who is blowing minds with 6th graders (although it takes him 80-hour weeks. For 25 years)

X-ref: Ken Robinson, who questions whether schools are focused on the right things.

X-ref: Ian Jukes, who challenges our current education and asks: “What world are we preparing students for – our past or their future?”

Today at “Our Schools Get Lousy Grades”

Why Some Give Up and Some Try Harder.



  1. Yes… and no: “Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, “The Case Against Adolescence,” that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them.”
    By Hara Estroff Marano, published on March 01, 2007 – last reviewed on May 06, 2012

    Yes, teens are very capable (and schools in Europe and Asia are more advanced). No, the teen (up until early 20s) mind is not fully developed for optimum decision-making skills….

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