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Preview — Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
A highly praised bestseller for over a decade, Dumbing Us Down is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine. This Special Collector's Hardcover Edition celebrates 100,000 copies of the book in print, and the book's on-going importance and popularity.
Our children are being limited every day by being locked away. Our children are struggling with learning more than they did before the system was in place like today. The role models they take on during school really are harming them. B ...more
I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general. I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about t ...more
He says that he wants a fair discussion about the ...more
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 ...more
Gatto spent a few decades as a NYC public school teacher, so in theory he should have interesting ideas about what's wrong with education and how to address the problems, but in practice, he doesn't.
In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thi ...more
confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, and provisional self-esteem.
The national curriculum is a joke. And what is different from this book compared to others, he doesn't just list the things that are wrong with the system or bash the system. Mr. Gatto gives suggestions of tearing the institution apart and rebuilding it. Something ...more
This collection of speeches is basically an overlong op-ed. While I agree with the content, that's sort of the thing. I already agree. This book is preaching to the choir, a ...more
I decided that normal people can home school their children after having read this book. Very influential and formative to how I want my children's education to be administered.
"School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are t ...more
This book gives excellent words and insight into the sense that so many of us have about the perpetual decline of our "national education." Watching the national Common Core debacle that has engulfed our country we can see how prophetic this has become.
Gatto is convinced our public school education system is broken. We're graduating illiterate kids year after year, and the only solution we're ever given is to throw more money at the problem. Gatto contends that a federal one-size-fits-all school system cannot meet the needs of America's ch ...more
Let me begin by saying it had a tremendous impact on me. It gave me goosebumps, brought tears to my eyes several times, and made me gasp and read pieces out loud to my fiance. Those pieces I read out loud, I knew, would convince him to read it. This is a book I will re-read many times to come.
There are five pieces of work in this book, not including the fore ...more
That being said, this was, generally speaking, a TERRIBLE book. For a man who laments the lack of logic taught to schoolchildren, he shows a re ...more
Until we change our definition of "education" and leave the government school monopoly in the f ...more
John Taylor Gatto, an award winning public school educator for over 30 years reveals how compulsory schooling indoctrinates students with secular liberal ideologies creating a society designed for “total state control of human life.” The most frightening aspect of Mr. ...more
I suppose you could say this book was a real brow wiper.
In other words, it caused me to wipe my brow and say "Phwew!!! Glad I Didn't Buy Into That Mess.."
As a youth I struggled in school and didn't have any assistance. Now with No Child Left Behind my own children who excel in school are ignored and not challenged. Families are not raising their children and it shows in our scho ...more