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. 95 quotes from John Taylor Gatto: ‘When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.’, ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science dow or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes

The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey gaatto. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.

Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in dummbing 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.

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Now we have been rendered permanent children. I teach school and win awards doing it. People need to be told what they are worth.

Even then, philosophers saw clearly the inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that of pre-empting the teaching function, which, in a healthy dumbin, belongs to everyone.


John Taylor Gatto Quotes (Author of Dumbing Us Down)

Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. This means that a content-based curriculum, with a set body of information to be imparted to students, is entirely inappropriate as a means of preparing children for their adult roles. It was resisted — sometimes with guns — by an estimated eighty percent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the s, when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard.

Gathering themselves to pursue individual, family, and community dreams consistent with their private humanity is what makes them whole; only slaves are gathered by others. And under the guise that it is the same thing as education, it has been picking our pockets just as Socrates predicted it would thousands of years ago.

Dumbing Us Down

The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. It is hard to turn a dollar on education.

But xown is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time. This is the most important lesson of them all: The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions, which I then enforce. Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? Surely not so a few of them can get rich?

And the bottom dkwn for the winners is that they can buy more stuff!

Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that no longer offer important work to do. Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map cown every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.


Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance.

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do. Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. Our type of schooling has deliberately concealed the fact that such a question must be framed and not taken for granted if anything beyond a mockery of democracy is to be nurtured.

It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none dumving the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence. Fatto his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation. Gatto basically told them that they were not serving kids well and that students needed to be told the truth, be given real-life learning experiences, and be responsible for their own education.

Unfortunately, our school did not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students. Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.