Buy Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 2nd by John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s. 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. 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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The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

Customers who bought this item also bought. We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.

This may seem far-fetched to those not in the know, but this book will help you to understand what I am talking about.

I teach school and win awards doing it. Not only do they teach a secular worldview, but they also seek to function like a church. Gatto says public schools are: Skip to main content. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.

John Gatto is certainly an inspiring man, but this book was a bit disappointing in that really his central message was repeated and repeated. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


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. 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.

No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

Boys like Andrew Carnegie who begged his mother not to send him to school and was well on his way to immortality and fortune at the age of thirteen, would be referred today for psychological counseling; Thomas Edison would find himself in Special Ed until his peculiar genius had been sufficiently tamed. This radical treatise on public education has been a best-seller for 10 years! See all 45 reviews.

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But schooling is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time. Books by John Taylor Gatto. Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Dabney’s Devastating Critique of Secular Education. What kids truly need is time with their parents: The first essay was excellent and refreshing and easy to read, but the further the book went on, it got a bit same-y and dare I say When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Now we have been rendered permanent children. Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. A must read for all teachers. Turned my career around. In other words, Gatto is calling for parents to consider the homeschooling option.

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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. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.

Oh what an eye opener this book Visit our Help Pages. Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of See Complete Table of Contents. Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse? Now we have been rendered permanent children. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

I have not read any of his other work, but I would try something else first.