Buy Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 2nd by John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s. John Gatto was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year. 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.

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The national curriculum is a joke. Jun 17, Seth rated it it was amazing. The best part of this book is that it was short.

So, millions of us are going through life without any shred of humanity? He denigrates the education system as a whole but only ever worked in one district. I rarely make recommendations for everyone, especially all educators, but I think this makes that very short list.

At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers.

It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry. School is good for the latter, but not the former. John Gatto is an award-winning public school teacher who insightfully hones in on the invisible lessons the public educational system is teaching the children of this country: The author spends pages ranting about the horrors of public schools. Jan 10, John Martindale rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, if anybody is to know the real intention of America’s schools it is this man, with over 30 years of public school teaching, and a fair shake of rule breaking to see what his students were really capable of.


For instance he hold Mass. There is so much more in this little book ua is worthy of mention, like the congregational principle from early American history, among other things, but this review is long enough, so I’ll johj it to a close. Another fault I felt Gatto fell into was his focus entirely on the negative, leaving no redemption for any aspect of the current structure or those successful models within, which there must be. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kept on thinking for two hours or so over the issues in the book.

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The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. In my current job, I get to work along side and initiate conversations with s upon s of youth and young adults. He says even clubs are not good because they maintain a pretense of whole friendship. AND I’m going to have to check it out of the library if only my teacher’s salary allowed more room in the budget for more book purchases!

Skip to main content. I do think there are problems with the school system, some of which he mentioned in this book.

There are some choice lines you will find, which I won’t spoil here. He just asserts it will. Also, this is quite unlike real life and how we naturally learn to walk, talk, farm, build, and cook, these things within the appropriate context, have dumhing obvious purpose, sequence, goal and result. Now we have been rendered permanent children. This is a damning indictment against the public school system written by none other than a teacher who lived it.

On the contrary, they are spectacularly successful in doing precisely what they are intended to do, and what they have been intended to do since their inception.


How, then, does my life where both husband and wife work but kiddo spends dlwn day with grandma and grandpa fit into that equation? Like it happens sometimes, he also fell in a day of mistakes. The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote. Can you see a connection between the bells ringing again and again to change classes and this phenomenon of evanescent attention?

He makes several digs at the theory of evolution in this tract, so I can only assume his hours includes zero time spent on any hard science. I learned it through apprenticeship with him. Very little on the context of schools at all, really. Sep 26, Angie Libert rated it it was amazing Shelves: How a system that he claims worked in a small community almost years ago will work in a massive and complex country that is the modern United States he doesn’t explain in any detail.

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I found his argument lacking in many respects. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice.

Something I’ve yet to read anyone else do. We squished their passion, love for learning, and curiousity for its own sake before they were seven. Gattl Reed Business Information, Inc. What do any of these things have to do with each other?

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