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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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The school thanked him for the offer but told him there was no room on their schedule. Write a product review. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? Gatto basically told them that they were not serving kids well and that students needed to be told the truth, ux given real-life learning experiences, and be responsible for their own education.

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Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling. Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone.

It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species. Gatto gatyo public schools dymbing.


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I felt I was reading propaganda from a divisive dumhing militant speaker intent on proving a massive and deliberate conspiracy. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do. I have spent almost twenty years in college education.

Learning Parks of Possibilities Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year Start reading Dumbing Us Down on your Kindle in under a minute. All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from gatgo true expert and an ex-believer in government schooling.

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Originally published inDumbing Us Down: To finalize, this book is a veritable fountain of information that is dumbiny in precision and thought-provoking in its implications given that they filter into all aspects of our lives, and ultimately seep into the future.

This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: If not schooling, then what? Industrialized schooling is not borne from a calculated elitist conspiracy but the mundane ease of generalized application to a large population.

Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that no longer offer important work to do. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. Would you like to tell us dowh a lower price?

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. This pamphlet seeks to open a debate on the Right to Education Campaign.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What Is Classical Education? This means that a content-based curriculum, with a set body of information to be imparted to students, is entirely inappropriate as a means of preparing children for their adult roles. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions, which I then enforce.


Chapter One, the seven lesson schoolteacher explains how schooling produces boredom, dependency, class position and indifference plus and partly because schools exist to condition students to accept and propagate government values and a population of non-thinkers.

See our Returns Policy. With over 70, copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! 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.

And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does. Particularly, this differentiation and what each means is one of the main gems of this book.