Welcome to the March 2015 edition of What I’m Doing With My Life.
Where I Am
Boulder, Colorado (mostly) with a few weeks of leading education workshops in Chicago, Virginia, and L.A.
Chicago ain’t so bad when the snow melts.
How I’m Feeling
Happy for longer, warmer days; Excited for my fall teen program which has tons of applicants; Enjoying the conversations I’ve had in developing a podcast; Still a bit lost and wandering. Continue Reading
You need experience, adventure, and explorations more than you need algebra!
- John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto is massively important to me. His book A Different Kind of Teacher shook me to the core, convincing me quit studying science in college and dive head-first into the world of alternative education.
In 2007 I first met John in person at a homeschooling conference, after which I enjoyed a few conversations over fax (his preferred communication tool). In 2010, at another homeschooling conference, we had a beer together. Every time I’ve interacted with the man I’ve more deeply admired his wit, humor, depth of knowledge, and passionate communication style.
In 2011 John suffered a stroke and retreated from the limelight. But as Pat Farenga reports, he’s now doing better, has a new website, and will re-release his massive Underground History of American Education later this year. (I appreciate Pat, Jerry Mintz, and Barb Lundgren for supporting John during his recovery, promoting his medical donation fund, and helping me communicate with him.)
After hearing of his recovery, I reached out to John to ask a few questions about his “guerrilla curriculum”—a term he coined to describe his method of providing a real education to his students as a NYC schoolteacher—as I’m currently deep in thought about how to structure my upcoming residential program for teens. He kindly wrote back, and I’m reposting his full response here. Continue Reading