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

This second edition describes uus wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s “guerrilla teaching.

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New Society Publishers; 10th Anniversary ed. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern eumbing system is failing: Gatto reinforces his main premise with a dubing examination of public schooling in America.

He carries this out rather incisively given his no holds barred approach to the matter, and this is very refreshing. While many others have tippy toed their way around the issue, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter with statements such as: No one gato anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.


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. Another component of this ongoing public schooling issue is how vital the community is, and more importantly, the family unit, in helping foster a healthier, more independent, more curious, and ultimately more self-sufficient individuals through proper education.

Throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma. In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.

Please keep in mind, schooling and education are not the same thing. Particularly, this differentiation and what each means is one of the main gems of this book.

To finalize, this book is a veritable fountain of information that is intense in precision and thought-provoking in its implications given that they filter into all aspects of our lives, and ultimately seep into the future. Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling. Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone. As the author saliently notes: Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: I have spent almost twenty years in I have spent almost twenty years in college education.

Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools. At one point I had attempted teaching in the high school system but it is poisoned. They are more oriented to social indoctrination than education.

There is still safety in Mathematics and the physical sciences if you can make it to upper division classes. John Taylor Gatto, upon winning the award for teacher of the year after 30 years in the classroom, delivered a speech that was so shocking that the reverberation is still being felt today. This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing.


Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. I teach schools and win awards doing it. This book does not leave you feeling inspired — it leaves you outraged. Create a better path. Gatto writes from a position of authority having taught in government schools for 30 years and having won “teacher of the year” for New York City and New York state. 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.

All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from a true expert and an ex-believer in government gahto. I didn’t enjoy reading this dwn. We homeschool with a mostly “unschooling” or interest-driven methodology slant so I would have expected this book to be affirming. Instead I found it unsettling. The way the arguments and opinions were ggatto made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants.

I felt I was reading propaganda from a divisive and militant speaker intent on proving a massive and deliberate conspiracy.

The state of schools today I think is more likely linked to apathy and top-heavy centralized management of the organization. That was formed less or if some manic desire to rubber stamp children and more out of a realization that the unequality in substance and resources from one school to another boilled down to cruelty drawn along socioeconomic and racial lines.

We continue to smooth away the curriculum into easier to teach and quick to understand lumps because it’s easier to measure. If you take out coverage of topics that could create controversy, there’s less complaint from those masses that participate. Industrialized schooling is not borne from a calculated elitist conspiracy but the mundane ease of generalized application to a large population. Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

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