A free cassette recording ($8.00 value) of one of John Gatto's famous speeches attacking the sinister structure of modern forced government schooling and a free original autograph plate are yours when you order a copy of his new book, The Underground History of American Education! On this Web site only.
All profits from book sales go toward one of the three major projects of The Odysseus Group, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to school reform.
We call ourselves Odysseus because of the central lesson taught more than 2,700 years ago in Homers Odyssey, an epic poem and the first form of the novel in a European language. Odysseus was already strong, brilliant, and famous, and he had a chance to be rich, immortal, and adored by ladies and demigodesses. But he chucked it all to go home to his wife and kid!
Odysseus knew something our modern form of schooling has forgotten, he knew what really matters. The Odysseus Group hopes to return schooling to the service of what really matters. This Web site is a work in progress toward that end. Eventually it will include a newsletter of interesting school developments, but that will take some time; right now Odysseus is concentrating on three major projects: publishing and disseminating Underground History, raising money to make a film, The Fourth Purpose, based on the insights of the book, and building a library and retreat center in rural Chenango County (upstate New York) to which people who want to create their own kind of school reform plans can repair to talk to one another, read, and think.
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