I’ve been following this stuff for decades but I’d say that most people really don’t know what it’s about. As far as Gatto goes, he’s past my era. I’m of the era of John Holt. There was a bunch of books by him at my public library when I was 14 years old and I read them all, fascinated by the whole idea of unschooling and fixing broken schools. I realized only a few years ago WHY there was such a burst of books at my library from him at that time: He’d died not that long before which led to a resurgence of interest in unschooling in the mid 1980s. I think Gatto was more 90s and his take on unschooling was more bitter, a bit conspiracy-ish – I didn’t take to him, although he fits in the John Holt family of unschooling along with JS Neill’s Summerhill experiment, etc.

 I’ve been following this stuff for decades but I’d say that most people really don’t know what it’s about.
As far as Gatto goes, he’s past my era. I’m of the era of John Holt. There was a bunch of books by him at my public library when I was 14 years old and I read them all, fascinated by the whole idea of unschooling and fixing broken schools.
I realized only a few years ago WHY there was such a burst of books at my library from him at that time: He’d died not that long before which led to a resurgence of interest in unschooling in the mid 1980s.
I think Gatto was more 90s and his take on unschooling was more bitter, a bit conspiracy-ish – I didn’t take to him, although he fits in the John Holt family of unschooling along with JS Neill’s Summerhill experiment, etc.

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