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Is school the best way to get an education? Ethan and Emily Tuttle have spent several years in school being graded on the quality of their work. But after hearing an award-winning teacher discuss some problems with schooling and share a vision for how children are best educated, the Tuttle family decides to embark on a new learning adventure. Long-time educator John Taylor G Is school the best way to get an education? Ethan and Emily Tuttle have spent several years in school being graded on the quality of their work. But after hearing an award-winning teacher discuss some problems with schooling and share a vision for how children are best educated, the Tuttle family decides to embark on a new learning adventure. Long-time educator John Taylor Gatto shares ideas with the Tuttle family from his book The Underground History of American Education. As they soon learn, education works best when we have the freedom to discover our interests and develop our abilities, rather than being shaped into what somebody else wants.


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Is school the best way to get an education? Ethan and Emily Tuttle have spent several years in school being graded on the quality of their work. But after hearing an award-winning teacher discuss some problems with schooling and share a vision for how children are best educated, the Tuttle family decides to embark on a new learning adventure. Long-time educator John Taylor G Is school the best way to get an education? Ethan and Emily Tuttle have spent several years in school being graded on the quality of their work. But after hearing an award-winning teacher discuss some problems with schooling and share a vision for how children are best educated, the Tuttle family decides to embark on a new learning adventure. Long-time educator John Taylor Gatto shares ideas with the Tuttle family from his book The Underground History of American Education. As they soon learn, education works best when we have the freedom to discover our interests and develop our abilities, rather than being shaped into what somebody else wants.

30 review for The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Morris

    This was a good story showing the problems of compulsory government run schools and their impact on society. It also gives a look at how people/children can learn without being “in school.” While I’m not sure I completely agree with the ending of how the twins were taught, I do know that is how some families approach learning and it wasn't a big deal. A book that might be good for parents and children to read and discuss together. This was a good story showing the problems of compulsory government run schools and their impact on society. It also gives a look at how people/children can learn without being “in school.” While I’m not sure I completely agree with the ending of how the twins were taught, I do know that is how some families approach learning and it wasn't a big deal. A book that might be good for parents and children to read and discuss together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    Yes yes yes! I love this. This scratches the surface on some of the reasons we homeschool.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leib Mitchell

    A parent's review: Strongly recommended Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020 In this case, the authors break with the formula that they used for the last nine books, which is to write a children's book of a libertarian classic. John Taylor Gatto is obviously not on the level of someone like Rothbard or Hayek. But, there are a lot of good questions for thought here: 1. Is traditional education the best choice for everyone? (Not everybody needs to go to college prep school, and in fact to A parent's review: Strongly recommended Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020 In this case, the authors break with the formula that they used for the last nine books, which is to write a children's book of a libertarian classic. John Taylor Gatto is obviously not on the level of someone like Rothbard or Hayek. But, there are a lot of good questions for thought here: 1. Is traditional education the best choice for everyone? (Not everybody needs to go to college prep school, and in fact too many children are being sent to college while vocational skills go crying for workers. Marty Nemko.) 2. Do schools provide a service, or is it more like children only need to exist so that they can have a job? (Kevin Williamson.) This is a simple little read, it occurs to me to ask: Why didn't somebody think of this before? A lot of times when people want to inculcate someone with a political agenda, the first place that they go is to schools so that they can catch children when they are young. Why can't sauce for the goose be sauce for the gander? The environmentalists have been doing this for a long time. (Think of how often you watch a cartoon where bad people are shown to be polluters, who are not polluting as a side effect of some productive economic activity. But, just doing it because they are "bad.") And don't even get me started on the Gender Identity Disorder Self-Diagnosis Movement. ("Drag Queen Story Hours" all over the place. And I remember WAY fewer people with Gender Identity Disorder than when I was in Middle School and high school.) If you have a worldview that you would like to impart to your kids, better that you catch them young and take the responsibility for their education. The Libertarian world view has some number of parts, and this is a substantial one. (The state's provision of standardized cookie cutter education is not focused on the individual.) The illustrations are great, and my sons liked them a lot. Verdict: Strongly recommended

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The latest installment of the Tuttle Twins series did not disappoint! We also listened to the audio version of John Taylor Gatto's "The Underground History of American Education." We will be revisiting both books at a later The latest installment of the Tuttle Twins series did not disappoint! We also listened to the audio version of John Taylor Gatto's "The Underground History of American Education." We will be revisiting both books at a later

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Maybe this would be more appealing to someone who hadn't already been convinced and who wasn't aware of Gatto and the arguments against compulsory public education. It was fine, but merely scratched the surface of this immense topic. Maybe this would be more appealing to someone who hadn't already been convinced and who wasn't aware of Gatto and the arguments against compulsory public education. It was fine, but merely scratched the surface of this immense topic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Ensor

    We are using these books for homeschool and I am reading them aloud and we are discussing them! This book was really cool to hear about a famous public school teacher who won awards and then quit. Lots of reasons to think about eduction differently when to consider homeschool!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Myersandburnsie

    The writing is so simple, twaddly. However JTG and our country’s education system is a great topic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cyrus

  9. 5 out of 5

    Goofygirl323

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  12. 5 out of 5

    Living Truth

  13. 4 out of 5

    Declan Gregg

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lorinda

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Landrum

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelleysgirl

  20. 5 out of 5

    Minato

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Parent

  22. 4 out of 5

    Seth Turner

  23. 5 out of 5

    S.K.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judah

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Congetta

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shari

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kassie Simler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eric

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