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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Dumbing Us Down

I didn’t enjoy reading this book. Thanks for rumbing us about the problem. Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. I have spent almost twenty years in college education.


All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from a true expert and an ex-believer in government schooling. Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance.

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.

Visit our Help Pages. While many others have tippy toed their way around the issue, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter with statements such as: Ddown 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.


Weapons of Mass Instruction: See all free Kindle reading apps. The way the arguments and opinions were presented made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants.

It was resisted — sometimes with guns — by an estimated eighty percent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the s, when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard.

The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. In his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley. Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools.

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 of our lives, and ultimately seep into the future. 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. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy 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.


Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. The school thanked him for the offer but told him there was no room on their schedule.

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

Customers gatho viewed this item also viewed. It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you. This pamphlet seeks to open a debate on the Right to Education Campaign. Return education to the free market and make it home-centered.

Surely not so a few of them can get rich?

I teach school and win awards doing it. 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. Create a better path. The state of schools today I think is more likely linked to apathy and top-heavy centralized management of the organization. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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