Elite private schools impart 14 lessons that are withheld from public school students.

Elite private schools impart 14 lessons that are withheld from public school students.

Shortly after completing my bachelor's degree, I came to the stark realization of how my costly education fell short in providing practical value. Undoubtedly, the Hofstra University Zarb School of Business program is top-notch. The instructors were dedicated and hands-on, yet the gap between theoretical learning and real-world application left me wanting. Reflect on your own journey. Upon graduation, did you possess unique skills that employers sought? Did you feel equipped with practical business knowledge? Even after completing a master's program, the disconnect persisted. My acquired skills didn't equate to the hefty $100,000+ college loans. The diplomas mainly broadened my job prospects, but what about tangible skills and experience? Why did my education lack practicality, while others seemed more impactful?

John Taylor Gatto, a three-time recipient of the New York City Teacher of the Year Award (1989, 1990, 1991) and the New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991, embarked on a quest to unravel these queries. Gatto meticulously studied the curricula of the nation's most prestigious private schools. His findings uncovered 14 lessons exclusively taught in these elite institutions, lessons conspicuously absent from public education.

  1. Students form a unique theory on human nature. What makes people tick. The theory is derived from history, philosophy, theology, literature, and law.
  2. Strong experience with active literacies: Reading, writing, and public speaking.
  3. Insight into major institutional forms: courts, corporations, military, and education.
  4. Repeated exercises in good manors and politeness.
  5. Independent work – students drive 80% of workload.
  6. Physical sports are a necessity.
  7. Students form a “theory of access” on how to get access to any person or institution.
  8. Responsibility is an essential part of the curriculum. Always take responsibility when offered and always deliver more than is asked.
  9. Arrival at a personal code of standards. Students create their own standards of production and standards in morality.
  10. Be at ease with the arts. Art, music, sculpting, architecture, painting, dance, design, literature, and drama.
  11. The power of accurate observation and recording.
  12. The ability to deal with challenges of all sorts.  Can a shy student routinely engage in public speaking?
  13. A habit of caution in reasoning to conclusions.
  14. The constant development in the testing of judgment. Make long range predictions and the track how accurate they are.

Frequently, we hear grievances about the advantages the wealthy hold over the poor and middle class. However, few delve into understanding and emulating their practices. John Taylor Gatto stood out for his insightful works like "Dumbing Us Down" and "Weapons of Mass Instruction," essential reads for any parent. Before his passing, Gatto engaged in a five-hour interview with Richard Grove of Tragedy & Hope—a conversation not to be missed.

At Children To Wealth we carry on John Taylor Gatto's legacy. Book a one-on-one consultation with us here:

Our consultations encompass various aspects, including:

- Personalized phone sessions with Dre Mudaris and his team
- Tailoring education to prepare children for real-world challenges based on your family situation.
- Cultivating talent stacks, aligning skills with entrepreneurial and career success.
- Emphasizing feedback-based learning via real-world activities.
- Fostering an educational-friendly home environment for child development.
- Nurturing Creative Excellence by empowering children to materialize their ideas in various domains like art, music, coding, carpentry, and engineering.

Children To Wealth focuses on "The Gatto Track," adhering to elite private school principles by:
- Crafting original theories on human nature, access, moral systems, and understanding institutions.
- Educating parents and students on the Classical Trivium (Reading, Writing, and Public Speaking).
- Advocating child-driven work and personal responsibility.
- Guiding students towards suitable sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities.
- Prioritizing "how to think" over "what to think."
- Applying the "Level Up Theory," encouraging children to tackle new challenges.

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