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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He constantly emphasizes his experience as a jihn and status as one-time New York State teacher of the year but dismisses other people who work in the field. 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.

It is an gattto opener that what is needed is less money, not more. Things were so much better for education in 17th colonial Massachusetts where people had their own relationship with God and had to find their own truths.

Rewarding memory over application of principles, deep appreciation, and creative problem-solving, and unlike any real-world scenario. Knowledge dumbimg continue to increase at a dizzying rate. View all 4 comments. I checked this book out after a friend recommended John Taylor Gatto to me after an argument on a Facebook thread that started with a post about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason.


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I rarely make recommendations for everyone, especially all educators, but I think this makes that very short list. He left the system and dunbing been advocating unschooling.

We need the principle of natural selection to root out the stupid ideas, the the governments monopoly guarantees retardation, lack of progress and stagnation. Recommended to Kristy by: This book gets a big “meh” from me.

I am more of a skeptic about his community centred learning As very few parents disbelieve the schooling experts and are themselves highly trapped in through their ud solid conditioning. Gatto, a former school teacher, paints a 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.

Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. I think there are things that need to be done to improve education. When I first got this book it followed me everywhere until I had finished it, even into the bath. Cheers to the personalities that survive this horrible dumbing down process and still came out individuals, with their passions and curiosities.

Thanks for telling us about the problem.

To sum up his argument it seems to be this: Showing of reviews. Gatto dosn to me at first, a bit to polemical and unbalanced, but I still thought he made some excellent observations.

A for effort, A for anecdote. Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. The education system isn’t just broken, it’s taking completely the wrong approach. However he leaves a few key facts out, the first is that there was compulsory education in that time, in the ‘s starting in Diwn.


Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! So here’s the thing, I actually agreed with some of the things he said. 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 what 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.

Please keep in mind, schooling and education are not the same thing. Shopbop Designer Johb Brands. It’s funny because I was thinking to myself, “it sounds like this guy is blaming public education for all the problems in this world. Gatto ultimately explains that the compulsory education system can’t be fixed because is is flawed and unqualified in its conception and execution.

Moreover, without the tyranny of mandatory public education, most people would likely devote themselves to a few things they’re naturally inclined towards and become masters, instead of being forced to have a shallow, rudimentary grasp fown several subject that are of no use or interest to them.