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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Dumbing Us Down

I hope I still have that kind of passion in my eighties. New Society Publishers; 10th Anniversary ed. The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free.

This is the most important lesson of them all: Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church. Create a better path. It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species.

Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools. 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.

Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: I felt I was reading propaganda from a divisive and militant speaker intent on proving a massive and deliberate conspiracy. 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.


Gatto says public schools are:. Gatto says public schools are: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. As the author saliently notes: No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from a true expert and an ex-believer in government schooling. That was gattoo 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 dumbijg racial lines. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Learning Parks of Possibilities Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore.

I learned it through apprenticeship with him. 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.

We homeschool with a mostly “unschooling” or interest-driven methodology slant so I would have expected this book to be affirming.

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But my father has also run up against the hardheaded bureaucracy John Gatto criticizes so explosively. The way the arguments and opinions were presented made it feel like a series of loosely justified, angry rants.


Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

Originally published inDumbing Us Down: Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. Surely not so a few of dumbimg can get rich?

People need to be told what they are worth. Instead I found it unsettling. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He carries dumbibg out rather incisively given his no holds barred approach to the matter, and this is very refreshing. Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year 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.

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Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He knew I could learn this relatively simple skill on my own.