I am the author of The End of School: Reclaiming Education from the Classroom (2016) and a contributor in several other collections. I am currently working on a book about the practical philosophy of learning how to learn. I send updates and snippets of my publications to my email list, so sign up to get those.
Amazon Best Seller, 5/5 Stars
“The End of School is a compilation of essays making a case for, well, the end of school. Society has largely conflated “education” and “school” such that many often feel that if a child is not formally enrolled in school, they will be an ignoramus and a drain on public coffers. Zachary aims to slay this misconception by articulating the many ways in which education can—and, he argues, should—be obtained outside of this structure.
These ideas are considered radical by some, but the truth is that warehousing children in a confined classroom with peers of their same age is the radical idea. The End of School gently exposes youth and their parents to an alternative approach, helping them become comfortable with and confident in a decision to pursue education independently.
Buy five copies of this—you’re going to want to share with neighbors and friends.”
— Connor Boyack, Author of Passion Driven Education
“Gatto’s radical treatise on public education, a New Society Publishers bestseller for 25 years, continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, it’s poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years.
Featuring a new foreword from Zachary Slayback, an Ivy League dropout and cofounder of tech start-up career foundry Praxis, this 25th anniversary edition will inspire new generations of parents and students to take control of learning and kickstart an empowered society of self-directed lifetime-learners.”
“What would happen to your life if you stopped assuming you know all the reasons why not to do things differently? Have you ever really, seriously demanded of yourself good reasons to not start a business, move to a new city, dropout of school, quit your job, write a book, travel the world, climb a mountain, fly first class, audition for American Idol (or whatever the newest version is), or have a bunch of kids?
You probably assume you have good reasons for not doing these things. We all do. It’s called status quo bias. The dominant path isn’t scrutinized much, while deviations are. That’s the line anyway. We think the deviations are scrutinized, but maybe they’re scrutinized even less.”
“Freedom Without Permission takes the idea of human liberty seriously, not just as a policy for a free society but a personal philosophy for free people. There is so much wisdom here. A careful reading will save you years of diversions and get you on the right track toward building a new way of life.”
— Jeffrey Tucker, Distinguished fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education
Historian Tom Woods includes a transcript of my conversation with him about The End of School and taking control of your education in his 2016 free ebook, Education Without The State.
The Foundation for Economic Education releases a book with a compilation of essays on how to apply critical thinking to your career, education, and life and help boost your quality of life.