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. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille How to Read a Book by. 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.

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There are some choice jjohn you will find, which I won’t spoil here. Although Gatto provides enough discourse on what’s wrong the overall gist is to get us thinking outside the box rather than keep locked into the insanity of add or subtract mentality as the Federal debate begins over education spending.

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

He states that the lack of schooling and childrens curiosity led to these high literacy rates. Who Hides the Hidden Curriculum? But schooling is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time. There were times I felt Gatto leaned too heavily on his own biases, conscious of this he would come round with a good save on the following page, or in the next chapter.

Jan 27, Aimee Tariq rated it really liked it Shelves: Sadly, many of the people I meet, seem to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense.

I decided that normal people can home school their children after having read this book. Skip to main content. Gatto wrote a Monarch Notes guide to this classic novel, and I think I’m going to have to read the novel and Gattos’ guide together as I continue to ponder these thoughts.


After reading this book I was reassured gatgo homeschooling my children was the best answer.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry.

Not Everyone gets awakened to our own unique discoveries. Not because Gatto is wrong, but because he’s right. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley. Jan 10, John Martindale rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gatto decries the loss of community which has been replaced by networksthe separation of young from old, the removal of children from families, the idea of the “professionalization of teaching which preempts the teaching function which belongs to everyone” 16the lack of free time for children to think, explore, and learn to serve.

No other book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one. The children I teach have almost no curiosity and what they do have is transitory; they cannot concentrate for very long, even on things they choose to do.

View all 5 comments. Gatto, a former school teacher, paints dowb picture of what really happens in the public school system, where “schooling” and “educating” are two different things and teachers have seven things they really teaches, none of which are education. I would recommend this book to every parent that is interested in the best way to help rown children grow and learn. A green fish saw him and said: This is a damning indictment against the public school system written by none other than a teacher who lived it.

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I think instead I should buy a little cafe and make people happy with caffeine all day. The pschyosis of such schools justify even suicides by children on the dog eats dog premise. People need to be told what they are worth.


The 7 lessons taught cracked me up because they are so spot on and obvious yet no one else has spoken up like Mr. View all 11 comments. That price seems too high for me.

There’s also nothing to this book besides complaining. Creates a dependency on experts. This book was negative — he was negative about the children he taught pages A Reply to Peter Gardner. He cites a study that said if someone is motivated to learn, reading, writing and arthritic can be learned in hours.

Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Sep 01, Mark hohn it did not like it Shelves: Then a black frock dressed proud lady came, to give him ‘ perfection classes’. While I agree with the content, that’s sort of the thing.

All parents and children should have say in where and how they are educated, only then can there be true educational reform and positive competition. The kids fall under the trance of the box. Brilliant summation about the fatal flaws of Modern Education This book gives excellent words and insight into the sense that so many of us have about the perpetual decline of our “national education.

No strategies for improvement or even ideas for it. The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. Apr 06, Umm Layth rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: