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Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
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Aug 13, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: essays, homeschooling, non-fiction, punditry, pedagogy, hello-plutocracy
Read from August 03 to 13, 2012

I really wish he had a clear set of references in the back of this book, though there are in-text citations. He loses some credibility with my by citing Robert Kiyosaki, because the guy is a scammer, liar, and Monday-morning quarterback.

Another thing I don't like is that everyone he mentions as success stories of open-source learning are focused and wildly successful. I am a crazy dilettante at the age of 30; I doubt that freedom to follow my passions would have given me more focus or drive. I agree that schooling sucks out tons of motivation but there are other things that do the same.

This book is a collection of essays written at different points in time, which isn't clear at first but later becomes so, and it's a whole lot less confusing once you understand that. He's clear in that he thinks that testing is useless and that the education system exists to make a bunch of people rich and everyone else dumb, and that the only way to change the system is to totally destroy it. Very libertarian thinker.

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08/04/2012 page 3
2.0% "Barely out of the prologue and wow."
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