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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This Special Collector’s Edition celebratescopies or the book in print, and the book’s on-going importance and popularity. I just sat down and read this book this afternoon while watching my kids play at the park and in the yard and it was amazing and powerful. Kept on thinking for two hours or so over the issues in the book. Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be administered.

The children I teach have almost no curiosity and what they do have is transitory; they cannot concentrate for very long, even on things they choose to do. Nothing important is ever finished in my class, nor in any other class I know of. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Weapons of Mass Instruction: 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.

So, his solution to all the problems is to de-certify teachers and do away with public education. Wow, this read really had me questioning our educational system.


Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

There is no excuse to remaining ignorant about our public school system in America. This radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! The children I teach are ahistorical, they have no sense of how past has predestined their own present, limiting their choices, shaping their values and lives.

View all 3 comments. Unfortunately, our school did not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students.

The purpose for creating these public schools wasn’t the welfare of the kids. Insane adult in making.

Instead I found it unsettling. 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 gztto about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason.

Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thinkers.

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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. No other book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.


I just disagree with his solutions and his propaganda as well. I am a secondary teacher, and it is a shame to have students learning something hatto getting into it, only to have the bell ring and to usher them off to their next class.

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My biggest problem with this book is, being a series of essays, it’s a bit repetitive.

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. For everyone else, it’s just retreading old ground.

Plus, there’s an overwhelming sense “well back in my day” going on. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. I will say there were things I agreed with, such as the idea that schools are built like factories. The third problem seems to be fairly obvious. Not Enabled Screen Mohn I have spent almost twenty years in college education. ALL his students watch too much TV and it’s ruining them. My father is a batto teacher.