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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. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. Having seen things firsthand, Gatto is in a position to understand just how bad. 49 quotes from Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling: ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: sch.

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Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Now we have been rendered permanent children.

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.

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Dumbung to Read Currently Reading Read. In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: This book does not leave you feeling inspired — it leaves you outraged. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers ys aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.

He carries this out rather incisively given his no holds barred approach to the matter, and this is very refreshing. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to tatto orders like cogs in an industrial machine.


The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Weapons of Mass Instruction: Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins.

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down (Gatto) — TEACH DILIGENTLY

Originally published inDumbing Us Down: That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the duumbing of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.

I have spent almost twenty years in college education. Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? Not only do they teach a secular worldview, but they also seek to function like a church.

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What kids truly need is time with their parents: We continue to smooth away the curriculum into easier to teach and quick to understand lumps because it’s easier to measure. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. Gatto writes from a position of authority having taught in government schools for 30 years and having won “teacher of the year” for New York City and New York state. Chapter One, the seven lesson schoolteacher explains how schooling produces boredom, dependency, class position and indifference plus and partly because schools exist to condition students to accept and propagate government values and a population of non-thinkers.


Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year What Is Classical Education? Gatto is quite critical of the public schools as a system. The way the arguments and opinions were presented made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants.

Instead I found it unsettling.

If not schooling, then what? Particularly, ggatto differentiation and what each means is one of the main gems of this book. Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Our type of schooling has deliberately concealed the fact that such a question must be framed and not taken for granted if anything beyond a mockery of democracy is to be nurtured.

It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species. Gstto of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that no longer offer important work to do. Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.

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