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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I get so tired of sameness and lack of originality that is rampant in America. He leaves out that most other countries and colonies for that matter did not have compulsory education. But retired ua counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? John Gatto is an award-winning public school teacher who insightfully hones in on the invisible lessons the public educational system is teaching the children of this country: What are you even saying Mr. He repeatedly throws out his ” hours” theorem: So, millions of us are going through life without any shred of humanity?

He says even clubs are not good because they maintain a pretense of whole friendship. Jul 26, Mel rated it really liked it. The 7 lessons kids are learning that he talks about in the first chapter were a definate eye opener.

Cosmetic reforms like putting up more money, teacher training, remedial classes can’t challenge the centralized, batto ideology. He proclaims a need for self-knowledge so that “they’ll also become self-teachers–and only self-teaching has any lasting value” 31and a need for men to teach boys to grow up.

He mentions things that had happened in the past, as far back as the time of Plato. Most teachers and administrators that I know work tirelessly to provide a positive, enriching learning experience for their students.


This means that a content-based curriculum, with a set body of information to be imparted to students, is entirely inappropriate as a means of preparing children for their adult roles. Recommended to Kristy by: I think there are things that need to be done to improve education.

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. There is a better way to educate the people of this country and it isn’t a one-size fits all government monopoly on education aided by corporate and special interests poised to make money.

A highly dowb best-seller for over a decade, this is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine. It also bothered me gattk he made such generalized, sensational statements. Nov 25, Debbie “DJ” rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: The pschyosis of such schools justify even suicides by children on the dog eats dog premise.

Jan 27, Aimee Tariq rated it really liked it Shelves: And what is different from this book compared to others, he doesn’t just list the things that are wrong with the system or bash the system. Interestingly and although I haven’t read very many philosophers, theologians, or politicians in great detail to spot Gatto’s actual inspirations other than his fondness for Ben Franklin, I have read Patrick Pearse’s Murder Machine from which many “bells” appeared to be ringing as I read this.

I don’t know what his definition of humanity is, but it’s obviously not the gatho as mine.

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The essays contained are the reflections of the dumbinh time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote. I decided that normal people can home school their children after having read this book. 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 defensive as Gatto derides public education, even though he was in public education for almost 30 years.


Where is your army of hour-schooled geniuses, waiting to make their mark on the world?

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Boy, was I wrong. Enjoyed this book, though it seemed a bit extreme, it made me feel good that I am homeschooling my kids. In the end seeing the destructive nature of teaching. 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.

I do think there are problems with the school system, some of which he mentioned in this book. Don’t read this if you have or plan on having children that you won’t be able to home-school, but a must read for everyone els. He is very big on interacting as a community rather than a network. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Highly individualisticthey are useless for the society.

This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. But now Doan listened to the audiobook again, he seemed increasingly reasonable and sound to me.

While I agree with the content, that’s sort of the thing.