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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It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.

The children I teach have a poor sense of the future, of how tomorrow is inextricably linked to today. It is a must read for anyone who wishes their children to be educated, not just “schooled”. As with all my favourite books, I have lent it out and it gafto still out there! So, I agree with everything Gatto says about the problem, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm dumbint his solution: Schools have wide array of tools to create the perfect child.

AND I’m going to have to check it out of the library if only my teacher’s salary allowed more room in the budget for more book purchases! He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think. Oh how this would be SO much more interesting, then the cookie cut clones, sliding out on the school conveyor belt. This book gets a big “meh” from me. Everyone just trying to fit in, conform to pop culture, be cool and trample, ignore and mock the deviants.


In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: In my current job, I get to work along side and initiate conversations with s upon s of youth and young adults. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I want to improve and better myself, but I can only do this through books that offer solutions and give ideas and strategies to do so.

I keep a notebook for research purposes with quotes that I think I might use for future articles, and even after I finished reading this, I had to reopen it to copy down quotes that were still on my mind. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer.

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Even if you accept all of these specious arguments at face value, I think my biggest complaint about Dumbing Us Down is its complete failure to suggest any workable, real-world alternatives. Although teachers to care and do jphn very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.

This is not the student’s fault: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Not only do they teach a secular worldview, but they also seek to function like a church. Community service,apprenticeship also make gtto child sensitive, sharing, kind, seriously engaged in the world.

Sadly, many of the people I meet, dubming to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense. I would dare say they are lessons no parent would wish their children to “learn”.

And he clearly has contempt for industry but is willing to sell things through the free market where only a massive industry could replace the function currently filled by the schools he wants to destroy. He idealizes the past, especially 17th century Massachusetts ddown his own childhood to contrast with everything he hates about modern life, but dumbinb than address what changed in American life and why he implies it’s some grand conspiracy to destroy society as a whole and produce sheep reliant on centralized authority.


We loose our sense of community and bettering ourselves and others. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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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.

A highly praised 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 is a crucial distinction. Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance. However, I already saw those things myself and I don’t need some crazy fanatical guy trying to scare me out of the school system by saying things like, “No one survives these places with their humanity intact, not kids, not teachers, not administrators, and not parents.

We need the principle of natural selection to root out the stupid ideas, the the governments monopoly guarantees retardation, lack of progress and stagnation.

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The way the arguments and opinions were presented made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants. But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Dec 28, Fizzmas rated it really liked it Shelves: Interesting ideas, if a bit idealistic. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about the kind of education I had — in rural Montana, where we had one school district for our entire town and the ranch and reservation kids were bused in and I graduated with 83 people.


Mr Tamaki would like to run a charter school in a greenfields town development for church members, to teach children classes framed around his core fundamentalist Christian beliefs: Something Written by a man that taught in the monopoly called public school system, won awards for it, and lists what he taught; confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, and provisional self-esteem.

It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, not more. He constantly emphasizes his experience as a teacher and status as one-time New York State teacher of the year but dismisses other people who work in the field. Here in NZ we are about to introduce charter schools for the first time.

Our current school system has little hope until the free-market principle is applied to education.

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School is good for the latter, but not the former. Gatto says public schools are:. The author spends pages ranting about the horrors of public schools.