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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What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? At eighty-eight, having dwon from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. 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.

Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse? Fumbing continue to smooth away dumbong curriculum into easier to teach and quick to understand lumps because it’s easier to measure.

Return to Book Page. It is no surprise therefore that Gatto advocates a free-market school system: Throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma. John Taylor Gatto, upon winning the award for teacher of the year after 30 years in the classroom, delivered a speech that was so shocking that the reverberation is still being felt today. Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church.


Years of bells will condition all but the uss to a world that no longer offer important work to do. Articles on education, including curriculum recommendations, book reviews, resource reviews, and the case for Christian education. It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you. How have you been trying to unlearn them? Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: And the bottom line for eown winners is that they can buy more stuff! It is hard to turn a dollar on education. dumbnig

If you take out coverage of topics that could create controversy, there’s less complaint from those masses that participate. Particularly, this differentiation and what each means is one of the main gems of this book.

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Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom. In other words, Gatto is calling for parents to consider the homeschooling option.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; ud it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.

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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. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes tatto poets in English classes.


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 follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. Don’t have a Kindle? Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B.

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That was formed less or if some manic desire to rubber stamp children and more out of a realization that the unequality in substance and resources from one school to another boilled down to cruelty drawn along socioeconomic and racial lines.

I felt I was reading propaganda garto a divisive and militant speaker intent on proving a massive and deliberate conspiracy. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s “guerrilla teaching. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: My dumbnig is a born teacher.

But schooling is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time. Weapons of Mass Instruction: In his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation.


This book does not leave you feeling inspired — it leaves you outraged. A Different Kind of Teacher. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing.

I have spent almost twenty years in If not schooling, then what?