JohnTaylorGattoTV | Tanya, Danica, Irena, what they represent to me is the promise locked up in all of us which institutional schooling steals. Schooling would have discouraged all three; from sailing around the world alone without proper training, from roaring around a race track at 226 miles an hour, from daring to believe that a funny looking Russian Eskimo without money or a patron could make her way alone to the United States and become a Super-Model.

John Gatto delivered this speech at Pat Farenga’s Learning In Our Own Way Conference in Woburn, MA, August 2005.