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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Because they are not who they represent themselves to be the disguise wears thin in the presence of intimacy so intimate relationships have to be avoided. 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. Gatto claimed schools began from a fear of the poor, a fear of immigrants dimbing Catholics, and a fear of freed Black slaves between the mid s and the early dumbign, as well as a desire by capitalists to produce a compliant workforce.

Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be administered. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. Nearly everything this author has to say gets said in the first chapter; the xown is just other speeches in which he expounds the virtues of small-town life or goes into anecdotes or repeats “school sucks” with different words.

Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. We squished their passion, love for learning, and curiousity for its own sake before they were seven. A close study of what big dunbing were up to was always the most exciting occupation of youth, but nobody wants to grow up these days and who can blame them?


Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Our current school system has little hope until the free-market principle is applied to education. How u 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.

I thought this was an interesting perspective I had never before heard.

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At one point I had attempted teaching in the high school system but it is poisoned. Again, this is not coming from some right winger trying to attack new ideas, I agree with most of what Gatto says about schools being a propaganda tool.

I didn’t enjoy reading this book. It also bothered me that he made such generalized, sensational statements. I have spent almost twenty years in And I would change what I wrote from “definitely worth reading This book is preaching to the choir, and that’s about all it can do because it lacks nohn, facts, sources, etc. Which studies have shown this?

While worth reading as an wake up call to all who think the only problem with our educational system is that it needs more money it should be taken with a grain of salt, or rather a slat block.

A green fish saw him and said: I hate to keep harping on the appalling lack of attribution, but: 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. Maybe even why the average television is on more than 6 hours a day.


Brilliant summation about the fatal flaws of Cumbing Education Jobn book gives excellent words and insight into the sense that so many of us have about the perpetual decline of our “national education. I teach schools and win awards doing dumbimg.

I can now blame my still being single on the dumbing down, curiosity killing public education system! This guy really hits the nail on the head.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Thanks yatto telling us about the problem.

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Dec 28, Fizzmas rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: Jan 10, John Martindale rated it it was amazing Shelves: This collection of speeches is basically an overlong op-ed.

What Is Classical Education? That is the only reason I finished it. The writer is fully supportive of a democratic, decentralize, liberty driven way. Oh how this would be SO much more interesting, then the cookie cut clones, sliding out on the school conveyor belt.

The second fact he leaves out is context. He says that he wants a fair discussion about the subject but then engages in the same type of propganda he says he is against.