With the closure of schools across America, millions of parents must now suddenly tackle homeschooling. Lest anyone feel they are unqualified for the task, the late John Taylor Gatto has an urgent message for us all.

Gatto was the NYC and NY State Teacher of the Year before he quit quite famously in 1991 with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “I Quit, I Think.” He went on to trace the origins and purpose of the modern American school system and published his findings in his magnum opus, “The Underground History of American Education.” Listen to a condensed version of the book in this 15 part series.

Will homeschooling gain popularity as some educators fear, or will families adapt to George Orwell’s “1984” vision in which authorities indoctrinate and surveil through a convenient screen in each home? It’s up to you.