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Buy Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 2nd by John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s. John Gatto was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year. Dumbing Us Down. John Taylor Gatto. My father is a born teacher. He’s the kind of man who can spot a potential learner from a distance and go into action.

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No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. Sadly, many of the people I meet, seem to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense.

To fown the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Paperbackpages. If you go to his website you will see a link to a group he started called dodn Odysseus group http: Kids are overloaded with information, that is disconnected and out of context. Return to Book Page. Gatto experience coincides with mine and it seems we’re in agreement on how the culprit is the “weapons of mass education” inflicted by our government.

But that is his premise that we need to: Maybe they’re the reason that girls who have tons of interest, depth and passion and whom are also able to u into meaningful conversation, are one in a million! Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty pyramid. Another component of this ongoing public schooling issue is how vital the community is, and more importantly, the family unit, in helping foster a healthier, more independent, more curious, and ultimately more self-sufficient individuals through proper education.

As Gatto mentioned, one learns about “the orbiting of planets, the law of large numbers, slavery, adjectives, architectural drawing, dance, gymnasium, choral singing, assemblies, surprise guests, fire drills, computer languages, parents’ nights, staff-development days, pull-out programs, guidance with strangers my gqtto may never see again, standardized tests, age-segregation unlike anything seen in the outside world To finalize, this book is a veritable fountain of information that is intense in precision and thought-provoking in its implications given that they filter into all aspects ud our lives, and ultimately seep into the future.


But do your research. Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. So here’s the thing, I actually agreed with some of the things he said. Gatto gives suggestions of tearing the institution apart and rebuilding it.

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

Also, this is quite unlike real dmubing and how we naturally learn to walk, talk, farm, build, and cook, these things within the appropriate context, have an obvious purpose, sequence, goal and result. No other book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one. There are some choice lines you will find, which I won’t spoil here. Articles on education, including curriculum recommendations, book reviews, resource reviews, and the case for Christian education.


It ys an eye opener that what is needed is less money, not more. He says even clubs are not good because they maintain a pretense of whole friendship. He has capture many sentiments that I would have never be able to materialize into words. The author is a teacher, and writes why he feels the school system is failing our children and our family.

See, this is where I’m not OK with charter schools. Although undoubtedly Libertarian in thesis I think there is something for everyone within the pages of this book if you give it a chance, regardless of your political affiliations.

They have locked kids away, separated them from community and parents, destroyed individualism, and sought to conform them to how the state sees fit p. Jun 02, Havebooks Willread rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: For example, you discuss history, only during designated discussion times in history class, the moment fatto bell rings and its time to go, so does nohn children’s pretense of interest in history.

Gatto claimed schools began from a fear of the poor, a fear of immigrants and Catholics, and a fear of freed Black slaves between the mid s and the early s, as well as a desire by capitalists to produce a compliant workforce. I am more of a skeptic about his community centred learning As very few parents disbelieve the schooling experts and are themselves highly trapped in through their own solid conditioning.


dumbint Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom. I thi Let me start out by saying that I am a public school teacher, so I may have some bias and will admit that I could feel ks as Gatto derides public education, even though he was in public education for almost 30 years. However he leaves a few key facts out, the first is that there was compulsory education in that time, in the ‘s starting in Mass.

February 1, Language: AND I’m going to have to check it out of the library if only my teacher’s salary allowed more room in the budget for more book purchases! I have spent almost twenty years in college education. ggatto

Creates a dependency on experts. Gathering themselves to pursue individual, family, and community dreams consistent with their private humanity is what makes them whole; only slaves are gathered by others. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. There is no excuse to remaining ignorant about our public school system in America.

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Instead I found it unsettling. I can see his point here. Is College Worth the Cost? The author tells stories about how he grew up, and it’s all very Norman Rockwell, and it’s all very cute and idealized and sanitized. Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of This book was negative — he was negative about the children he taught pages First of all, it’s not so much a book as a group of essays.

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If it wasn’t for that, then I would have given this book 5 stars. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions, which I then enforce.

Product details File Size: At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers.