John Gatto’s List via BOP Home Educators

Pammie Daynard from Bay of Plenty Home Educators FBed this yesterday and I just had to share the love:

I need to read / watch John Gatto who won “climaxed his teaching career as New York State Teacher of the Year after being named New York City Teacher of the Year on three occasions. He quit teaching on the OP ED page of the Wall Street Journal in 1991 while still New York State Teacher of the Year, claiming that he was no longer willing to hurt children.”

Gatto who writes a blog among other things, suggests some experiences for your kids (give them time off the books):
* Visit the wholesale food markets for your city/region. Find out procedures to shop there as a customer. Do you need licenses?* Interview somebody over ninety years old about their life and opinions about topics of current interest. Ask them to discuss the greatest differences.* Interview someone under seven in the same fashion.* Plant a little tree; care for it for three years; keep notes on its progress and setbacks.* Attend someone else’s place of worship. Make comparisons to your own.* Follow the trash from your home, step by step, from its origin to its final resting place.* Track your water supply to its source; diagram its route.* Sleep out-of-doors under the stars all by yourself for two consecutive nights.* Follow your electricity to its source.* Apprentice yourself for one day to your mother.* Do the same for your father.* And for a neighbor or a stranger.* Grow enough vegetables for one meal. Cook and eat it.* Do some research, then visit the five most prosperous businesses in your area; observe them externally for a day, then attempt to be given an internal tour. Take notes.* Ask ten strangers of all backgrounds to recommend one book. With help from others, collect these in one place and read them.* Spend a full day all by yourself in a wild place.* Kill and clean a small animal. Cook and eat it. Don’t skip this one!* Catch and clean/cook a fish. Eat it the same hour.* Remain silent, unspeaking, for a full day.* Select a book on a topic for which you have no interest. Read it in a single sitting cover to cover.* Watch three TV shows for which you have no interest. Take notes.* Pick a daily newspaper. Read every single word. Underline as you read.* At your supermarket, select twenty packaged food items at random. Calculate how many miles they traveled from point-of-origin to reach you.* Analyze the components of friendship. Write three hundred words on the subject. Read your essay aloud into a tape recorder. Listen to yourself; figure out how to improve your performance. Do so.* Volunteer to tutor reading or math in elementary school, first grade.* Sell home-made fudge on the street. Create advertising signs for your table.* Walk ten full miles to a place you never were.* Bicycle fifty miles, at least, to a new place.* Struggle to repair a damaged relationship.* Build something from the beginning – a wall, a box, a simple shelter.* Change the motor oil in the family car; also the fan belt and windshield wipers.

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