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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Refresh and try again. I have no bloody solution. He has a few good points within the book, but I’m disappointed that what is supposed to be an intellectual argument relies so heavily on sensational, fact less claims and overgeneralizations. The children I teach have a poor sense of the future, of how tomorrow is inextricably linked to today. 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 su mentality as the Federal debate begins over education spending.

How sad that in almost 30 years of teaching there was nothing positive or worthwhile. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local gatt to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers. Johh clearly lauds home-schooling, without suggesting how single parents or families who need both parents to work are going to pull this off. As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned how odd, peculiar and strange I am in my curiosities. Even then, philosophers saw clearly gqtto inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that of pre-empting the teaching function, dymbing, in a healthy community, belongs to everyone.

Dumbing Us Down

Online Videos and the Future of 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. 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.


A green fish saw him and said: I thi Let me start out by saying that I am a public school teacher, so I may have some bias and will admit that I could feel defensive as Gatto derides public education, even though he was in public education for almost 30 years. In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: Our society as a whole is hurt by this process.

He denigrates the education system as a whole but only ever worked in one district. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Trivia About Dumbing Us Down: I wonder if my being home-schooled, played part in why I have a genuine interest in learning. This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: Community service,apprenticeship also make the child sensitive, sharing, kind, seriously engaged in the world. What kids truly need is time with their parents: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

If you don’t believe me look at my other book selections. A highly praised best-seller for over a decade, this is a radical dumbiny on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine.

His magic solution to go back to olden times by dismantling education as we know it, jhon any kind of structure in the lives of students, allow people to chose their own truths, or realities, and over time the free market will correct all of the flaws and society will change on its own for the better.

This was an excellent book written by a NY teacher of the year who dumbint for 26 years in the “government controlled monopoly school system”.


However he leaves a few key facts out, the first is that there was compulsory education in that time, in the ‘s starting in Mass. Boy, was I wrong. This is not the student’s fault: Paperbackpages.

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.

Schools teach intellectual dependency and conformity, there is only one right answer that one must get from the certified professionals. I’ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college-level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher-written summary of all material that Ugh, this book may have brought on my mid-life crisis.

But now I listened to the audiobook again, he seemed increasingly reasonable and sound to me. Published March 1st by New Society Publishers first published Like it happens sometimes, dumbijg also fell in a day of mistakes. Deschooling Society I Grandi dell’Educazione. We can all have picture perfect childhoods like the authors where we run around smoking all the cigarettes we can find and observing couples in the park making love on blankets all before we are eight years old.

Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine.

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

Nothing important is ever finished in my class, nor in any other class I know of. Overall, it is a deeply engaging, full of life, critical questions text.

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