I'm glad to see references to John Taylor Gatto and John Galt for that matter. But isn't John Holt the original unschooler? Does anyone else agree that John Holt is the best figures and authors to bolster the case against public schools? I see public education and the labor unions associated with the state-owned schools as a chief impediment to capitalism. John Holt helps capitalism without any drawbacks. His views are particularly relevant in the Internet age. Look at one of his quotes from 1980:
"I want to make it clear that I don’t see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were."
(quote taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holt_(educator
To learn more about home schooling, here is an episode of Phil Donahue in 1981 with John Holt as a guest:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxZEEBiTp-s
As of 1/18/14, fewer than 2,500 people have watched the clip above. I read that there was only one documentary on home schooling in existence.