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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Visit our Help Pages. Gatto is quite critical of the public schools as a system. Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. Write a product review. We homeschool with a mostly “unschooling” or interest-driven methodology slant so I would have expected this book to be affirming. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

We continue to smooth away the curriculum into easier to teach and quick to understand lumps because it’s easier to measure. 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.


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Gatto basically told them that they were not serving kids well and that students needed to be told the truth, be given real-life learning experiences, and be responsible for their own education. Online Videos and the Future of Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone.

Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While many others have tippy toed their way around the issue, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter with statements such as: I have spent almost twenty years in college education.

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I teach schools and win awards doing it. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do. Create a better path.

The way the arguments and opinions were presented made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.


Dumbing Us Down

Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. Instead I found it unsettling.

This is the most important lesson of them all: Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or duming in civics classes or poets in English classes. Gatto says public schools are: Ggatto for Christian Education. Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse?

Sampling many of his best personal dmubing, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern day system is failing: