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14 Secret To Elite Education
Speaker 1: Welcome to the Effortless English Show, with the world’s #1 English teacher, AJ Hoge, where AJ’s more than 40 million students worldwide finally learn English once and for all, without the boring textbooks, classrooms, and grammar drills. Here’s AJ with a quick piece to help you learn to speak fluent English effortlessly.
AJ: Now, say my name. AJ Hoge. You’re goddamn right. Welcome to the Effortless English Show, the show that teaches you to speak English powerfully and confidently. Our topic today, true education, elite education, top 1% education. What is it? How do you get it?
How can you create that for yourself, for your children? Today we’re going to listen to a video from one of my favorite teachers, Mr. John Taylor Gatto. I have done shows about Mr. Gatto before. Now, unfortunately, the audio on this video is not so good. The sound on the video is so-so, not great, but it’s such a great topic that I want to play at least a few parts of it and then discuss this topic. Again, returning to this idea of true education, real education, elite education.
The topic of this show today and the John Taylor Gatto is the 14 principles of elite private schools. What are elite private schools? These are the schools where billionaires’ children go. Not government schools, not even normal private schools where normal kids, or even middle class kids might go. Because in some countries, such as the United States, there are a lot of private schools that are for middle class families. That’s not what John Taylor Gatto’s talking about. He was a great teacher. He was the #1 teacher in New York in the public schools, but then after that, he has written about education, spoken to lots of educators, researched, and he’s studied the elite, the top, top, top .1% of schools, the super, super, super, super rich private schools.
These are the schools where the Rothschild family sends their children, the Rockefeller family, the Warburg family, these big banking families that control our world and control our governments. They control the banks. This is the top of the top of the top. These are the super elite private schools. What do they teach their children? Are their schools the same as all the other schools? Are their schools the same as the schools we go to? The public schools and the middle class private schools? They’re not. They’re very, very, very different. Isn’t that interesting? Isn’t that interesting that the richest families in the world have a very different education system for their own children? Interesting, huh?
See, they’re training their own children to be in the top .1%. They’re training their own children to be leaders, to be rich and to manage large amounts of money. They’re training their own children to have power and influence and tremendous freedom and massive success, to have massive power over themselves and other people. That’s what they’re training their children for, but not your children. No, no, no. Your children, our children, the normal, regular people, they’re teaching us very different things. In our schools, in our public schools, in our private middle class schools, they’re teaching us to be obedient. They’re teaching us to be stupid, to be slaves. It’s very different.
So, it’s very interesting, this video. He talks about, what are the super elite teaching their children? What are their schools like? Let’s listen. He has 14 points. I’m not going to play all of these, because as I said, the audio, the sound is not so good. I’ll play a few of them from John Taylor Gatto, and then I’ll discuss the rest myself. Let’s listen to #1.
It’s the first principle, the first thing these super elite schools teach children. Here we go.
Gatto: 14 things. The first of these things is that is that no kid should graduate without a theory of human nature. What makes people tick? What buttons do you press to get the results from your fellow man and woman that you want?
AJ: Principle #1, they teach a theory of human nature. For what purpose? Basically, persuasion. How do people think? How do humans think and act, and how do you change people’s behavior? How do you get people to do what you want them to do?
How do you influence people? How do you control people? How do you persuade people? Basically, it’s leadership. But understanding human nature for the purpose of leadership. Principle #1 of these elite schools. You don’t learn this in normal schools.
Absolutely not. How do they learn? Let’s listen a little more about point #1.
Gatto: Where does the… come from? Not from psychology, not even in a small way. The about human nature comes from history, philosophy, theology … That’s a curse word isn’t it, in public schooling? … Literature and law.
AJ: Now, this is interesting. He says that the super elite, they do not learn human nature, they do not learn it from psychology, they learn it from history, true history, not the fake history they teach in textbooks in normal schools. No, no, no. Real, deep history.
They learn it from religion. Isn’t that interesting? In most schools, certainly in the United States, religion is not taught, and yet these super elite are learning religion, at least for the purpose of understanding human nature, human thinking. Now, understand this, because I think that many religions have superior psychology, a better understanding of psychology than psychologists. I’ll just give you one example.
Hinduism and Buddhism both, I think, are the best psychology systems in the world, beyond their religion, if you just look at the practical part, the understanding of the human mind. Hinduism and Buddhism, they had a better understanding 1,500 years ago, than modern psychologists. Modern psychologists don’t know a lot. Buddhists and Hindus had these things understood and figured out over 1,000 years ago. So, these super elites study religion, they study philosophy, and they study literature, good, classic literature. That’s where they learn human nature. Let’s go to point #2 that they teach, the second thing they teach in super elite schools.
Gatto: The second requirement of these schools is that every graduate have a strong experience with the active literacies. Now, we’re all familiar with literacy as some exercise in reading, but the active literacies are writing and public speaking.
AJ: The second principle of these super elite schools, of the super, super rich, is they teach active literacy. He’s calling this active literacy. What is that? It’s two skills: writing and public speaking. They teach writing and public speaking. Again, in most schools, middle schools, high schools, secondary schools, even universities around the world, are most students taught to be excellent public speakers? No, they are not. And they’re not taught good writing either. They’re taught a kind of weird, strange, academic writing that is actually not good writing. The writing you learn in school, the writing you learn in universities, is a weak form of writing. It’s not a good form of writing. It’s a school type of writing.
He goes onto say that the type of speaking and writing they learn in the super elite schools is for persuasion. Again, influence and persuasion. They learn to speak persuasively, to speak in a way that changes people’s minds, that gets people to do things. Again, it’s a kind of leadership speaking. And the same for the writing. They learn to write in a way that’s persuasive, so they can sell things, so they can influence people.
You don’t learn that kind of writing in normal schools, and in normal schools, they’re not teaching public speaking at all, usually. And if they do, again, most speech classes in schools, they’re horrible. They teach you to speak in a really boring way. It’s not what the super elite are learning. We’ll listen to one more part, and then I’ll just go on and talk about the rest, so we don’t have to listen to the bad audio. We’ll go to the next part.
This is principle #3 now.
Gatto: #3 among the curriculum themes that unite these elite private boarding schools is insight into the major institutional forms, like our courts, or our corporations, or our military.
AJ: Aha. This is a big one. #3, they learn insights, understanding of the major institutions.
What’s an institution? It means the court system, the government, the military, the large corporations, the large companies, the banks. See, they learn to truly understand these institutions. They learn the truth. They get the red pill, not the blue pill, not the fake lies they teach us about these things in regular schools. No, no. They learn the truth. They learn, for example, that the banking families are the big power that control the governments and own the media. They learn how the military works, the courts, the corporations. How they’re controlled, who really has the power. They know the truth.
Now, the rest of us, the 99.9% in the regular schools, it’s all lies. You learn the fake stuff.
You get the blue pill. I’m gonna do #4. I’ll play #4 from John Taylor Gatto, and then I’ll just talk about the rest myself. Last one from John Taylor Gatto.
Gatto: The fourth thing that elite private boarding schools do that public schools hardly touch are the repeated exercises in the forms of good manners and politeness.
AJ: Isn’t this interesting? #4, they teach their students, the super elite students, good manners and politeness. In other words, they teach social skills. Then, Mr. Gatto mentions how this is the opposite in public schools. In the United States especially, the public schools are filled with rude behavior. The students, the children are super, super rude. But in these super elite schools, no, no, no, they are taught to be very polite, to have very, very good manners, to have excellent social skills. Isn’t that interesting?
Actually, I’m gonna play #5, because it’s probably my favorite one. So, let’s go ahead and listen to one more from him.
Gatto: The fifth thing that private boarding schools emphasize is independent work. Think again about the possible reasons for that. In public schools as we know them, the teacher is charged with about 80% to 90% of filling the time.
AJ: This is the big one. I’ve been talking to you about this in the Effortless English Show again and again and again and again. You’ll see why this is so important. The super elite, the billionaires, the multi-billionaires, the banking families, what do they teach their children in their schools? Independent work. They teach their children to be independent learners. He says that in public schools, in the normal schools, the teacher does 80% to 90%, I’d say at least 90%, of the talking. 90% of the decisions are from the teacher in our normal schools, in our terrible schools. The teacher fills 90% of the time.
90% of the time is the teacher standing up and talking and talking and talking. So, the students become passive. They learn to obey the teacher, to always follow the teacher.
They learn to not be independent.
Then he says that in the super elite schools, it’s exactly the opposite, where the students are taught to be independent. They do 80% to 90% of the work. They are deciding. They are leading their own learning. The teacher is more like a coach, encouraging them, supporting them. But the students in the super elite schools, they’re constantly pushed to be independent, to be active, independent learners. They’re training them to be independent learners. They’re training them to be leaders, to be successful, to be strong. That’s what the super elite are training their children to be. They’re trying to train you and your children to be the opposite, to be passive, to be weak, to be followers, to be obedient.
I’m not gonna play anymore because of the bad sound, but I’ll read them and I’ll discuss them. #6 is another very interesting one. The super elite schools teach energetic physical sports. I find this interesting because in America, for example, they are getting rid of physical sports and recess. Recess is like playtime. So, in American schools, they’re getting rid of that. They’re forcing the children to be sitting all day indoors. They’re cutting the time they have for physical play, for running around, for playing energetic physical games. But the super elite, no, no, no, they’re not doing that. They do the opposite. The super elite feel it’s very important for their children to have energetic physical sports, even like martial arts type sports. They learn to deal with pain and disappointment. They learn to deal with struggle. They learn to be graceful, physically, to move well. The super elite understand that the physical and the mental are connected, and indeed, they’re one.
7 , the super elite schools teach and provide access to real world mentors. Another thing that you never thing that you never find in normal schools. Access to real world mentors. What does that mean? Gatto gives the example that in the super elite schools, the children, they connect them with CEOs, the bosses of big companies. The children go outside of the school. They’re not just in the school classroom all the time. They go out and they’ll go to a company and they’ll get to interview and talk to the CEO, the big boss, the big president of large corporations, or to top government officials. They go out and they have internships and interviews and discussions, and they have mentors out in the real world, successful leaders in different areas of life. Do we have that in normal schools? Definitely not.
8 , the super elite push responsibility, they teach responsibility, they encourage responsibility. What does that mean? It means, at a very young age, they push their children to be more responsible, to make decisions, to do real world work. When they’re very young, maybe that means they learn how to cook, when they’re just 5 or 6 years old. They start helping to make a meal. They help to take care of the house. They help to take care of the school. As they get older, they get more and more and more responsibility. What do we find in normal schools? Usually the opposite. The children are prevented from having responsibility, true responsibility, truly being in charge of things.
9 , in elite schools, the children are taught to have a personal code of excellence. To develop, to create a personal code, a personal mission, to find their personal purpose in life, in a code of excellence. Again, do we find this in normal schools? Definitely not. In your school, were you helped to find your purpose in life, a big, meaningful purpose for your life? No. Were you taught to develop a code of excellence for all areas of your life?
No. But in the elite schools, they teach that.
10 , they are taught to understand and appreciate the masterpieces of music, dance, art, and literature. They learn about masterpieces, the master works of art, literature, music. Again, these subjects are being cut from American schools. Public schools in America are cutting most of these. And even if they don’t cut them, art classes in America are a joke. They are a total, complete joke. They teach modern art garbage.
They don’t teach about the classic masterpieces. They don’t teach classical skills, like drawing well. You don’t learn that in art school. I learned to draw a little bit. Not so good anymore. I haven’t practiced. But I learned a basic bit of drawing from, again independently, buying a book. But I took an art class in school, and I learned nothing.
They also don’t teach you music. See, they’re learning about the classics of music.
Classical music, great music. Mozart and Beethoven and all that stuff. Do public schools teach that? Public school kids are listening to rap.
11 , the super elite teach their children accurate observation and recording. They teach them to observe things in the world. To observe, to look carefully, to notice. This is a kind of meditation, really.
12 , this is another big one. This is John Taylor Gatto’s favorite. The super elite teach their children the ability to deal with tough challenges, tough problems. They push their kids to deal with difficult challenges in life. Not only academic challenges. Not only school type challenges, but public speaking, for example. If their kid is shy, they push them to deal with that challenge of public speaking. Public speaking for a shy kid is very tough, but they teach their kids to face difficult challenges. If their kid is physically weak, then they push them to deal with that challenge, to go into sports, to maybe go into wrestling to deal with tough, physical challenges, so they become physically stronger.
They don’t say, “Oh, everything’s okay. You’re wonderful all the time. Here’s a trophy, even though you didn’t do anything.” That’s what they’re doing more and more in normal schools, in normal society. That’s not what the super elite do. No, no, they challenge their kids.
I talked about this in an earlier show, how if you look at some of the great, super successful people, they were challenged. They were doing amazing things. They had huge responsibility. They faced huge challenges at very, very young ages. I told this story a few weeks ago about Richard Branson, how his mom took him when he was 4 or 5 years old, drove 30 minutes away and said, “Do you think you can get home? Can you get home by yourself? Can you find your way home?” He said, “I think.” So, she made him get out of the car and then she drove away and left him alone, and he had to find his way back home at age 4 or 5, in London, in a big city. Did she do it because she hated him? No, no, no, because she wanted him to learn to be independent. She wanted him to be able to face difficult challenges, to face the unknown, to face fears. Of course, she was training him. She was teaching him to be strong and independent. That’s not what normal schools do.
13 , Gatto says that the elite teach their children to be cautious, to be careful about coming to conclusions. That’s an interesting one. Basically, they teach them to try to get a lot of information before they decide something is true. Again, in our bad schools, in our normal schools, children are taught just to memorize things. A lot of times, they memorize lies. In the super elite schools, children are not taught to do that. Children are taught to independently find information about a topic and then very, very carefully decide what is true, and to be very careful about it and to search for as much information as possible, not just accept what people tell you.
Finally, connected to this, #14, the super elite schools teach their children to test their judgements, to constantly test their judgements. Again, they’re taught not to just accept things, not to accept what they’re told, not to be passive but to be very active, to gather information and then make a decision, decide what they think is true. But still, even after they decide, to test their decision in the real world, to test their idea in the real world, and to see, is it really true, and then to adjust. This is kind of the kaizen way, to constantly improve. So, they have the idea that they know that they’re never 100% right and true about something. They’re always, always, always looking to test, test, test their ideas to make sure they’re true, to make sure they’re right, to make sure they have a good idea. They’re constantly improving, constantly learning. That’s what this really is about, lifelong, constant learning and testing.
That’s it. Those are the 14 points of super elite schools. You can see, the super, super elite, the people who control the world, who run the world, the people with the true power, their education is totally different than the education they created for everyone else. The good news is this: you can independently create your own elite education. You don’t need to be a billionaire or come from a billionaire’s family. You don’t need to go to one of those super elite schools. You don’t need to send your children to one of those super elite schools. It can all be done now, very cheaply, in your home.
Independent home schooling is the best way. That’s what John Taylor Gatto recommends. That’s what I recommend. Independent home schooling. Independent learning at home, on your own. You can do it in a coffee shop if you prefer. But independent learning, that’s the way you can create your own super elite education.
You can develop those same super elite, super successful, super powerful, super useful skills and knowledge. Leadership. The ability to persuade. Great public speaking and writing. Reading classics of history and literature and religion and philosophy. Facing difficult challenges. Pushing yourself to face difficult challenges. Taking more and more responsibility. Being more and more active and independent in your learning, in your life, and making your own decisions. Observing and learning constantly. Learning and practicing great social skills. Taking the red pill.
Don’t believe the fake news media, the big media. Don’t believe it. It’s lies. That’s for the people who are not in charge. Learning the truth about the media, about movies and television and the fake news. Learning the truth about the government and who really has power, and the economy and without really has the power. Studying the masterpieces of art and music, East and West. You can do all of this yourself, with an Internet connection and a phone. That is what’s so amazing about this time we live in now. It’s so incredible. They can’t control that now. They cannot keep you from that.
Now, if you want to be mindless, if you want to do what everyone else is doing, if you just follow along, part of the heard, baaaa, baaaa, baaa, well then yeah, you’ll be just like everybody else, the sheep, going to your crappy little school. Maybe you’re out of school, just following what the media tells you. Baaa, baaa, baaa. That’s okay, but you’re going to end up like everyone else then. You should learn from the super elite. There’s a reason they’re controlling the world. There’s a reason they are billionaires and continue to control that money. There’s a reason they have that leadership ability and power.
Learn from them.
You don’t need to do it for power. You don’t need to do it to control others. I don’t care about that. I don’t wanna control other people, but I also do not want to be controlled. I want to be free, in my mind, in my life. That’s the purpose of creating your own super elite education, because if you don’t, you won’t be free. So, do it. Create your own super elite education at any age. Lifelong learning. If you’re young, you can start doing it yourself. If you’re older, you can do it yourself. Don’t wait for anyone else to tell you to do it. You know what to do. Do it.
Time for GAB. We’re gonna go to GAB. GAB time. [GAB.AIGAB.AI]. GAB is the free speech alternative to Twitter. Twitter censors. Twitter hates free speech. I will be leaving Twitter. Goodbye, you scumbags. Goodbye. But not yet, because GAB is not open 100%. Coming soon. But anyway, I do have followers on GAB already, so let’s read some questions on GAB today. Answering questions from GAB. [GAB.AI].
Follow me, AJ Hoge. It’s just my name. Follow me on GAB at [GAB.AI/AJHoge].
Question #1 from [LethanHKong]. What are the rules of E. E. Strong?
Effortless English Strong. No rules, really. This is just a fun little challenge that some of the Effortless English fans are doing online. Some of us are interested in fitness and health, so we decided, let’s do a challenge together. Let’s encourage each other to get stronger. What is the E. E. Strong challenge? It’s just pushups and pull ups. We’re going to increase our pushups and our pull ups.
What you do is, right now, you can do it today, do pushups. See how many pushups can you do in two minutes? There’s a two minute time limit. How many pushups can you do without stopping? Write it down, send it to me on GAB or on Twitter. Then, do the same thing. Try pull ups. How many pull ups you can do, any grip, pull ups or chin ups, either one? How many can you do without stopping? Again, write it down, send it to me on Twitter or GAB. That’s your starting point. Our finish line is July 4th this year, so just a few months. July 4th, American Independence Day. You’re gonna do it again. You’re gonna do your maximum number of pushups and your maximum number of pull ups on that day. Then, we’re going to see how much did we improve? How much did each of us improve? How much did we increase our pushups and our pull ups? See, a strong body makes a strong mind.
Next comment on GAB, from [Rugbare] in India. [Rugbare] is home schooling his two boys. They’re quite amazing. They’re doing amazing things, those two boys. Good example of everything we just talked about today in the show. [Rugbare’s ] comments, “Home schooling is the best, but we need to support our children a little bit. Only parents can do the best.” Yes, yes, yes. That’s exactly right. Absolutely.
Home schooling is the best, and parents are the best teachers. With home schooling, you become the teacher, but you’re gonna follow the super elite way of teaching.
The super elite way of teaching is that the student is an independent learner. They are doing 80% to 90% of the decisions, of the work. They’re sitting and they’re reading on their own, not listening to the teacher talk. They’re doing research themselves, independently, not just doing worksheets that the teacher gives them. As the parent, as the teacher, a home schooling parent or teacher, you’re guiding them. There’s different ideas about this, but you might tell them, “I want you to read this book, and then we’re gonna talk about it.” Maybe chapter by chapter, you’re gonna discuss it. Maybe you ask them to give a presentation. Stand up and give a presentation to you about the chapter that they read. So, they’re practicing some public speaking, too.
You tell them what to do, you give them the assignment, but you’re not reading the book to them. Then, what are they doing? Most of the time, they’re sitting there quietly themselves, reading. Independent learning. This is what’s great about home schooling.
It’s actually so easy. Parents think it’s so tough. It’s not. You train your kid to be independent. You guide them towards what you think they need to learn. Most of the time with home schooling, it’s your child sitting quietly, reading books, or your child sitting quietly, writing about about what they read, or occasionally your child standing and giving you a presentation about what they read or what they learned.
All of that, as the parent, as the teacher, that’s all quite easy for you. You don’t really have to do much. Just teach your kid to read. Once your child can read fairly well, they are ready to be a super independent learner, and then as the parent, you’re just helping them develop the discipline to do it everyday for several hours, and you’re also guiding them, gradually, towards more and more deep and difficult work, and you’re guiding them towards more responsibility. You’re giving them tips about public speaking, for example. But most of it, they’re doing most of the work. That is the point. You’re training them to be independent learners. To be active, not passive.
Also, as independent learners with your kids, you encourage them to explore, to learn about things that they love. It’s not always you telling them, “You must read this and you must read this and you must read this.” That’s not independent. You can do that a little bit. There may be some things which you feel are very important. It’s fine to assign certain things for your child to learn or read. But mostly, your child should start looking for things they love themselves. Some children love plants or biology. They should be reading about animals and plants themselves. They should be naturally curious, and you’re just there to encourage them.
Okay, good. Read about elephants. I want you to read that book about elephants, or read a bunch of books about elephants, and then give me a presentation. You’re gonna write something about elephants that you learned, and then you’re going to stand up and you’re going to give me a little speech, gonna give me a presentation about the most important things you learned about elephants this week. As the teacher, as this parent, that’s really easy for you. Your kid is doing the work. That’s how it should be.
They are determining, they are choosing, I’d say, at least half of it themselves. Then you can also then choose some things that you feel are very important.
This is a common question. One more question from [GAB.AI/AJHoge]. From Muhammad Ali … Not the boxer I guess … Says, “I am studying two language everyday at a different time. What do you suggest? Should I move on? All the best.” I get this question all the time. “AJ, can I learn two languages at the same time? Should I learn two languages at the same time?” There’s not a right or wrong answer. I can’t say yes or no. It’s your decision. You just have to realize, it’s just logical. It’s just logic here. If you learn two languages at the same time, you will go more slowly. Each language will improve more slowly. If you focus on one language, then you’ll learn faster that one language. But of course, you won’t learn the other one.
If you have four hours everyday to listen to and read foreign languages. If you do four hours a day of English, then you’re going to improve quite quickly. But if you do two hours of English and two hours of Chinese, then your English will improve more slowly, just because you’re doing half the time. That’s just how it works. It’s really up to you. It’s a matter of your priorities. What’s most important to you? It depends really on your life situation. Generally, very generally, English is the most useful foreign language to learn.
You know this, because that’s why you’re doing it, that’s why you’re learning. It’s the world language of business and academics and science and travel, all of that. So, you understand that. Even media. I generally recommend, focus on English. Get your English to a nice, high level first, then move to another language. That’s for most people. Some people, maybe they have a specific need for a different language, not English. That’s fine. Then you know that and maybe that’s more important. But for most people, generally, in the world, English would be #1.
Let’s just review quickly before I go, the top 14 things that the super elite teach their children in schools. #1, a theory of human nature. This comes from real history, religion, philosophy, and classic literature. #2, writing and public speaking for persuasion and leadership. #3, understanding institutions. The red pill. Who really has the power? How does government really work, and the banks and the economy and the military? #4, good manners and politeness. Social skills. #5, independent learning. Independent work.
Big important one. #6, energetic physical sports. #7, access to, connection with real world mentors. #8, responsibility, decision making. #9, a personal code of excellence. A personal purpose. #10, the masterpieces of music, art, and literature. #11, accurate observation and recording. To observe, to see clearly. #12, the ability to deal with tough challenges and problems. Real world challenges. #13, caution, carefulness about coming to conclusions. And #14, constantly testing their judgements, testing their decisions, testing their ideas, testing their learning. Constantly testing and improving.
Get out there. Be an independent learner. Create your own super elite lifelong 14 Secrets to Elite Education education, and you too will join the top .1% in any area of life that’s important to you.
See you next time. Have a great day. Bye for now.
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