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John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto, American educational analyst, public speaker.


  • Gatto, John Taylor was born on December 15, 1935 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Andrew Michael Mario and Frances Virginia (Zimmer) Gatto.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, 1959. Master of Arts, Hunter College, 1971. Postgraduate, Cornell University, 1986.

      Postgraduate, University Pittsburgh, 1956. Postgraduate, Yeshiva University, 1963. Postgraduate, Reed College, 1990.


    • Copywriter Ted Bates Advertising, New York City, 1960-1961. Screenwriter Lotus Productions, 1961-1962. Instructor in English New York City Board Education, 1962-1971.

      Lecturer Queens College, New York City, 1971-1976. Director The Lab School, 1976-1991. President Oxford Educational Consultant, Oxford, New York, since 1991.

      Songwriter (American Society of Composers listed), New York City, 1967-1972. Educational consultant Board Higher Education, New York City, 1971-1976. Script consultant Marvel Comics, District of Columbia Comics, New York City, 1972-1973.

      Senior staff designer Huckleberry Designs, New York City, since 1976. President Lava MT Records. Advisory board, National Coalition Alternative Community Schools, since 1998, National television Turnoff Week, since 1999.

      Keynote speaker National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Center, Kennedy School Government, Harvard, South Korea National Education Convention, Australian National Leadership Conference, Australian National Home School Conference, Netherlands National Home School Conference, 1992-2010.



    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Founder The I.S. 44 Market, school fundraiser, New York City. District leader New York Conservative Party, since 1973, state Committeeman, since 1978. Candidate New York State Senate, Albany, 1986, 88, 90.

    Candidate for president Manhattan Borough, New York City, 1989. Member advisory board television-Free American, since 1995. Secretary education Libertarian Party Shadow Cabinet, since 1993.

    Fellow Chenango Upland Pistol Club (president 1975-2003, Qua Qua award 2004), Solitude Retreat (founder 2009).



    Chess, hunting.


    • Married Janet MacAdam, December 29, 1961. Children: Briseis Lucrezia, Raven Taylor.
    • father: Andrew Michael Mario Gatto
    • mother: Frances Virginia (Zimmer) Gatto
    • spouse: Janet MacAdam
    • children: Briseis Lucrezia Gatto
    • Raven Taylor Gatto
    John Taylor Gatto
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    • 1959
      Columbia University
    • 1971
      Hunter College
    • 1986
      Cornell University
    • 1956
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1963
      Yeshiva University
    • 1990
      Reed College
    • 1960 - 1961
      Copywriter, Ted Bates Advertising
    • 1961 - 1962
      screenwriter, Lotus Productions
    • 1962 - 1971
      instructor, in English New York City Board Education
    • 1971 - 1976
      lecturer, Queens College
    • 1976 - 1991
      director, The Lab School
    • 1991
      president, Oxford Educational Consultant
      Oxford, Mississippi, United States
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