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PRE-PRODUCTION NOTES: The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto

PRE-PRODUCTION NOTES: The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto

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This is the outline I created prior to interviewing John Taylor Gatto for "The Ultimate History Lesson". I did not use this outline during the interview, though what shows up in the Transcript of the interview addresses approximately 50% of the contents of this outline. - Richard Grove
This is the outline I created prior to interviewing John Taylor Gatto for "The Ultimate History Lesson". I did not use this outline during the interview, though what shows up in the Transcript of the interview addresses approximately 50% of the contents of this outline. - Richard Grove

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PRODUCER’S NOTE: THIS OUTLINE WAS USED TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW SESSION.
THIS OUTLINE WAS SET ASIDE AT THE INCEPTION OF THE INTERVIEW, AND WAS NOTREFERRED TO DURING THE INTERVIEW. THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THIS OUTLINEPUBLICLY IS TO ILLUSTRATE A) WHAT NEEDED TO BE RESEARCHED BEFORE THE
INTERVIEW, B) JOHN’S BODY OF PUBLISHED WORKS, C) HOW MUCH THOUGHT WENT INTOTHE SPONTANEOUS CONVERSATION WHICH IS “THE ULTIMATE HISTORY LESSON: A
WEE
KEND WITH JOHN TAYLOR GATTO”. THANK YOU FOR READING!
 Goal: To provide the audience with a comprehensive perspective of the origins, history, form andfunction of the public education system; referring to specific artifacts, and leaving no stoneunturned.To be translated into every language where Prussian Schooling has taken hold, and distributedaround the world. As of the commencement of this production, we have volunteers to translatethis DVD series into:
Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Hebrew (more to be added).
 Introductory Questions w/ Succinct Answers
(beginning of DVD set)1.
You like to open your interviews and lectures by setting the audience‘s expectations, and issuingyour apologies and caveats… do you have anything to disclose before we
commence?a. Warm up question
 2. Message to Parents and Grandparentsa.
―If you could talk to all of the parents and grandparents around the world, all at once,what message would you deliver to them?‖
 b. To the effect of:3. Message to Studentsa.
―What message would you deliver to Students around the world?‖
 b. To the effect of:4. Message to Teachers, Administrators, Lobbyists, Change-Agents, and Politiciansa.
―What do the world‘s school
teachers, administrators, lobbyists, change-agents, andpoliticians regarding what needs t
o change in how children are educated?‖
 b. To the effect of:5. What is the role of curiosity?a. Our greatest Teacher6.
When did the American Dream become one of lifelong servitude to a system we didn‘t create?
 a. When Prussian Education was introduced to America in the 19
th
century7.
Why don‘t people recognize this?
 a.
Because they‘ve been conformed and conditioned by 15,000 hours of ―public schooling‖
mandated by the government8. What is the root-
cause of today‘s symptoms of incoherence in America?
 9. If teachers get their
information from books, why can‘t students just read books for themselves?
 10. What does a college education really get you in the 21
st
Century?11. If the concept of education has been mutated from its original purpose to prepare people for life,what form, function, and purpose does it now serve?12.
Is there a term to describe someone who‘s been conformed to the role of an indentured servant,but doesn‘t realize the context of their position?
 a. College Graduatesb. (slaves who think they are free)
 
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13. What do children gain b
y being mandated to attend today‘s public schools?
 a.
Being schooled under threat…
students lose control of their LIFE.14.
What do children lose by being mandated to attend today‘s public schools?
 a.
Curiosity…
they lose the ability to learn how to survive and thrive in life.15.
Promo line (request):
 
―Hi, I‘m John Taylor Gatto, and
this 
is a productive consequence ofTragedy and Hope. I hope you enjoy this un-programming.
 
Closing Questions
(closing of DVD set):1. What is your favorite word?2. What is your least favorite word?3. What turns you on?4. What turns you off?5. What sound do you love?6. What sound do you hate?7. What is your favorite curse word?8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?9. What profession would you not like to do?10. If you could say something which would echo through time, and each and every person from now,until the end of humanity would hear, what would it be?
What inspires…
 What makes you curious?What value does persistence hold in your lifeWhat is your definition of integrity?Why do you do what you do?How did you become skilled in your particular talent set?When did you overcome your fear of failure?When did you first develop a sense of self-esteem based on your ability to learn, when faced withchallenges?Those who are remembered through history have one thing in common: their actions have affected thelives of people, who reside in the future; what legacy have you sought to create for yourself, and whatshould people remember about you in centuries to come?What is your favorite song, and what does it represent to you?What type of activity, undertaken by others, do you revere the most?What type of activity, undertaken by others, do you revere the least?What to you, is more valuable than money or anything which money can buy?Would this be your definition of true wealth, or would you care to amend it?Who or what was most influential in your formulation of self-integrity?What word or phrase would you call upon to describe the feeling you get when you think of your family?What word or phrase would you call upon to describe the feeling you get when you see that your wordsand actions have liberated someone from their own
intolerable situation… after you‘ve taught them
howto outgrow their fears, folly, and ignorance?Who is your favorite Philosopher, or lover of truth, and why do they occupy that place in your mind?What is the name of the book, which you found most useful to making an accurate map of understandingin this world?In terms of life accomplishment, what are you most proud of?In the same terms, what are you most ashamed of?What do you think you have done which has been most useful to others?What do you think you have done which has been most useful to you?
 
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If the name John Taylor Gatto is known to those in the distant future, what do you see as your legacy,
that which you‘ve left through living your life, which is useful to them living theirs?
 Comprehensive Outline of Interview:1. Biographical informationa. Western Pennsylvania Upbringingb. Family & Communityc. The Education of John Taylor Gattod. College & Copywritinge. Teaching Careerf. Teaching the World2. The world todaya. Problemsb. Root-Causesc. Learning as the solution3. The purpose of educationa. Definition of Educationb. Purpose of Educationc. Classical Forms of Educationi. Open Source Education: the life becomes your classroom, and you learn to learnfrom everything, all the time.1. Self-initiated2. Self-judged3. Self-driven4. Self-satisfactoryd. The Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solvingi. Grammarii. Logiciii. Rhetoric

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