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. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille How to Read a Book by. Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders.

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It is obviously NOT in the schools interest to teach kids to reason and think dialectically for “Few teachers would dare to teach the tools whereby dogmas of a school or a teacher could be criticized since everything must be accepted. The children I teach have a poor sense of the future, of how tomorrow is inextricably linked to today.

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. Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Mr Tamaki would like to run a charter school in a greenfields town development for church members, to teach children classes framed around his core fundamentalist Dwn beliefs: Open Preview See a Problem?

A for effort, A for anecdote. The philosophy for setting schools is itself against life,humane,freedom of the child. John Taylor Gatto is an American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months sumbing author dowh several books on education. Our society as a whole is hurt by this process.

He further states that “the feeding frenzy of formal schooling has already gattto us seriously in our ability to form families and communities by bleeding away time we need with our children and our children need with us. Throwing more and more money down this rat hole is not going to fix the problem, minor tweaks won’t suffice, the government must get its mitts off the kids. No one believes anymore that scientists are uohn in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

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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.

So, one can’t form true friendships within school, and clubs, and various organizations? Gatto’s analysis of the damage done to a student’s curiosity is so incisive as to wake any educated parent to our failing school system. Brilliant summation about the fatal flaws of Modern Education This book gives excellent words and insight into the sense that so many of us have about the perpetual decline of our “national education.

Sure to cause riots once more people realize that twelve to thirteen years of their lives were utterly wasted. The national curriculum is a joke. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

People need to be told what they are worth. We fail to let the free market forces and local choices define and perfect our school system and democracy to work by letting people alone to work out the best solutions. It is a must read for anyone who wishes their children to be educated, not just “schooled”.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

Sep 01, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: Self discovery is the way to wonder,learn and grow as whole human beings. I will try to recap my brilliance. Enjoyed this book, though it seemed a bit extreme, it made me feel good that I am homeschooling my kids. 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.


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Before reading this I had al Wow I just wrote a thoughtful and brilliant review of this book and then pushed the wrong button and lost. Return to Book Page.

Feb 18, Kristy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Published March 1st by New Society Publishers first published Our current school system has little hope until the free-market principle is applied dumbint education. On the contrary, they are spectacularly successful in doing precisely what they are intended to do, and what they have been intended to do since their inception.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. May 03, Kierstin rated it agtto was amazing. The author spends pages ranting about the horrors of public schools.

Dumbing Us Down

I found his argument lacking in many respects. I teach school and win awards doing it.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned how odd, peculiar and strange I am in my curiosities. Talor 16, Dennis D. Everyone just trying to fit in, conform to pop culture, be cool and trample, ignore and mock the deviants. 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.

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