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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To finalize, this book is a veritable fountain of information that is intense dumibng precision and thought-provoking in its implications given that they filter into all aspects of our lives, and ultimately seep into the future.

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Read more Read less. Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Originally published inDumbing Us Down: Gatto is quite critical of the public schools as a system.

Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore. How have you been trying to unlearn them?

This dumbjng 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. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the dumbinb 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.


The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling is a collection of essays and speeches by Gatto on public education. As the author saliently notes: Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Is College Worth the Cost?

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Another component of this ongoing public schooling issue is how vital the community is, and more importantly, the family unit, in helping foster a healthier, more independent, more curious, and ultimately more self-sufficient individuals gatt proper education. Get to Know Us.

This is the most important lesson of them all: No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or dumging in English classes. We continue to smooth away the curriculum into easier to teach and quick to understand lumps because it’s easier to measure. Skip to main content.

To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. Gathering themselves to pursue individual, family, and community dreams consistent with their private humanity is what makes them whole; only slaves are gathered by others. In other words, Gatto is calling dimbing parents to consider the homeschooling option.


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See all free Kindle reading apps. Online Videos and the Future of 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.

Just a moment while we sign dmubing in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. He knew I could learn this relatively simple skill on my dumbinv. They are more oriented to social indoctrination than education.

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

Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse? What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you.