John Taylor Gatto on the three major strengths (and 14 principles) of elite private boarding schools (on Youtube)

6:59John Taylor Gatto – 01 The Elite Private Boarding Schools

Gatto says the 14 principles delivered by a elite private boarding schools:

1. No good kid should graduate without a theory of human nature, what makes man tick, what buttons do you push to get what you want – fundamental law of human nature – history, philosophy, theology, literature and law give you the wealth of what human beings and the human mind are like;

2. Familiarity with the act of literacies -writing and public speaking (the art of convincing people) (focus on the improvement and practice of writing and offer opportunities to speak in front of people);

3. Insight into the major institutional forms (into courts, military, institutions of society – the ideas that drive them);

To know more of the 14 principles, watch the rest of his speech at the World Prosperity website‘s Gatto page (click on this link to watch video).

Click on this link to watch the Youtube video.

3 thoughts on “John Taylor Gatto on the three major strengths (and 14 principles) of elite private boarding schools (on Youtube)”

    1. Retrieved from the Baby Center website:
      1.) No kid should graduate without a theory of human nature attained through the study of History, philosophy, theology, literature, and law.

      2.) Every graduate has a strong experience with the active literacies: writing and public speaking.

      3.) Insight into the major institutional forms: courts, corporations, military, etc.

      4.) Repeated exercises in the forms of good manners and politeness, based on the fact that these things are the basis of future relationships.

      5.) Independent work. (Contrast with public school where the teacher is tasked with filling 90% of the class time.)

      6.) Energetic physical sports are not a luxury, but are rather the only way to confer grace on the human presence.

      7.) A complete theory of access to any workplace or any person. (Imagine an assignment for a student to get a personal meeting with the governor.)

      8.) Responsibiity as an utterly essential part of the curriculum. Always grab for responsibility when it is offered, and always deliver more than what is expected.

      9.) Arrive at a personal code of standards. Standards of production, behavior, and morality.

      10.) Familiarity with the master creations of the arts so that you are at ease within all the arts.

      11.) Realize the power of accurate observation and recording. (Drawing is Gatto’s example.)

      12.) The ability to handle challenges of all sorts. Challenges are different for different people.

      13.) A habit of caution in reasoning to conclusions.

      14.) The constant development and testing of judgements. You make judgements, but you keep an eye on results to see how you’re doing.

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