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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Do not read this book unless you are prepared to feel extremely uncomfortable gatot the statues quo of the educational system in this country. And I would change what I wrote from “definitely worth reading I learned it through apprenticeship with him.

But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I didn’t expect to fall in love with this book, but I also didn’t expect to be so put off by it. I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about the kind of education I had — in rural Montana, where we had one school district for our entire town and the ranch and reservation kids were bused in and I graduated with 83 people.

In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thi I checked this book out after a friend recommended John Taylor Gatto to me after an argument on a Facebook thread that started with a post about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason. None the less beyond any inferences based on his beliefs, background, and observations I am confident that John is truly passionate about reforming education for the better.

The kids fall under the trance of the box.

We loose our sense of community and bettering ourselves and others. Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year Throughout the length of gafto book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets dumbint English classes.


Product details File Size: The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote. Our society as a whole is jonh by this process.

Even if you accept all of these specious arguments at face value, I sumbing my biggest complaint about Dumbing Us Down is its complete failure to suggest any workable, real-world alternatives. His magic solution to go back to olden times by dismantling education as we know it, including any kind of structure in the lives of students, allow people to chose their own truths, or realities, and over time the free market will correct all of the flaws and society will change on its own for the better.

After dowj this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer.

Surely not so a few of them can get rich? February 1, Language: He mentions things that had happened in the past, as far back as the time of Plato. I thought this was an dymbing perspective Dwon had never before heard. There is still safety in Mathematics and the physical sciences if you can make it to upper division classes.

If you go to his website you will see a link to a group he jlhn called the Odysseus group http: This lifeless machine is the perfect reciepe for further disorders and pscyopathic society. Be prepared for a completely out-of-the box approach to fixing educational problems and to open your mind and really question education, the purpose, the approach, the results, and so forth.


dowj But that is his premise that we need to: Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. The author tells stories about how he grew up, and it’s all very Norman Rockwell, and it’s all very cute and idealized and sanitized.

Industrialized schooling is not borne from a calculated elitist conspiracy but the mundane ease of generalized application to a large population. I get so vatto of sameness and lack of originality that is rampant in America. There were times I felt Gatto dymbing too heavily on his own biases, conscious of this he would come round with a good save on the following page, or in the next chapter.

The pschyosis of such schools justify even suicides by children on the dog eats dog premise. It’s funny because I was thinking to myself, “it sounds like this guy is blaming public education for all the problems in this world.


Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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. And we can only solve the problems we face and improve jhon by dismantling the educational system and everything that supports it and return to that never-never land of colonial Massachusetts by allowing the free market to take over and give people freedom of choice.

See, this is where I’m not OK with charter schools. I don’t know what his definition of humanity is, but it’s obviously not the same as mine. I have spent doan twenty years in Johhn all Editorial Reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Sep 17, Tanvika rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I am a secondary teacher, and it is a shame to have students learning something and getting into it, only to have the bell ring and to usher them off to their next class.

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Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: I want to improve and better myself, but I can only do this through books that offer solutions and give ideas and strategies to do so. Something Written by a man that taught in the monopoly called public school system, won awards for it, and lists what he taught; confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, and provisional self-esteem.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be administered.

He says that he wants a fair discussion about the While worth reading as an wake up call to all who think the only problem with our educational system is dwon it needs more money it should be taken with a grain of salt, or rather a slat block. It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you.