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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Dumbing Us Down

It is no surprise therefore that Gatto advocates a free-market school system: How this can be done by locking children away from the world is beyond me” To sum up his argument it seems to be this: Want to Read saving….

Cosmetic reforms like putting up more money, teacher training, remedial classes can’t challenge the centralized, coercive dwn. I would rec After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, gatot more.

February 1, Language: I thought about giving a review on each of Gatto’s essays in the book, which are arranged as chapters, but without having source citations which he did not provide to cross reference I’ll be simply be agreeing with dumbbing sounds good to me based on Gatto’s years of teaching and wisdom at that time in six New York schools of vastly differing social strata; and that of my Public schooling.

Jun 17, Seth rated it it was amazing.

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

I thought this was an interesting perspective I had never before heard. So, millions of us are going through life without any shred of humanity? He makes several iohn at the theory of evolution in this tract, so I can only assume his hours includes zero time spent on any hard science.


What do any of these things have to do with each other?

I so gattp Gatto’s courage to write this book, even if at times I am put off my his brashness. Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling.

The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and fighting with ‘the system’ over 30 years of teaching in New York City Public schools as of for the sake of all it has failed, but even more so whose future it denies. Gatto is quite critical of the public schools as a system. A green fish saw him and said: There are good and bad things joh every school. 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.

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. The author tells stories about how he grew up, and it’s all dumbiny Norman Rockwell, and it’s all very cute and idealized and sanitized. Rewarding memory over application of principles, deep appreciation, and creative problem-solving, and unlike any real-world scenario.

The 7 lessons kids are learning that he talks about in the first chapter were a definate eye opener. He was gleeful again. Quotes from Dumbing Us Down: He idealizes the past, especially 17th century Massachusetts and his own childhood to contrast with everything he hates about modern life, but rather 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.


The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote. The second fact he leaves out is context. I don’t know what his definition of humanity is, but it’s obviously not the same as mine. Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year While I agree with the content, that’s sort of the thing. Something I’ve yet to read anyone else do.

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Gatto reinforces his main premise with a thorough examination of public schooling in America. About John Taylor Gatto.

Industry has taken a hold of our schools and acts as a propaganda tool to socialize children to work in various industries unquestiongly, the short term solution? Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B.

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Dumbing Us Down and to keep this classic current, we are renewing the cover art, adding new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.

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