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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A close study of what big people were up to was always the most exciting occupation of youth, but nobody wants to grow up these days and who can blame them?

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Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote. 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.

I so appreciate Gatto’s courage to write this book, even if at times I am put off my his brashness. The Paradox of the Excluded Child.

There are some choice lines you haylor find, which I won’t spoil here.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

I am reading more and learning more than I probably would have otherwise. Rocha – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 32 6: Jihn from the Foreward by Thomas Moore.


No other book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one. Simplistic, self-deceptive, sophist thinking at its best.

He leaves out that most other countries and colonies for that matter did not have compulsory education. Setup an account with your affiliations ud order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

To me, this seems like putting the doan before the horse. See, this is where I’m not OK with charter schools. At least at the high school level What he is not not good at is showing the whole picture.

Thus, a highly specialised but dependent society. Sure to cause riots once more people realize that twelve to thirteen years of their lives were utterly wasted. I just hope it’s not a continuation of more anecdote reorganized, although no doubt a tempered one at that. It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, not more. Lists with This Book.

Paperback su, pages. But my father has also run gattto against the hardheaded bureaucracy John Gatto criticizes so explosively.

Open Preview See a Problem? The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free.

Dumbing Us Down

He idealizes the past, especially 17th century Massachusetts and his own childhood to contrast with everything he hates about modern life, but rather than address what changed in American life and why he implies it’s some grand conspiracy to destroy society as a whole and produce sheep reliant on centralized authority. School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like children learn the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism.

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I found his argument lacking in many respects. It talyor hard to turn a dollar on education. This was an excellent book written by a NY teacher of the year who taught for 26 years in the “government controlled monopoly school system”.

Can you see a connection between the bells ringing again and again to change classes and this phenomenon of evanescent attention? I rarely make recommendations for everyone, especially all educators, but I think this makes that very short list. Oct 17, Ben rated it liked ojhn Recommends it for: Like maybe we’re not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print?

I dummbing see his point here. So, I agree with everything Gatto says about the problem, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm for his solution: He repeatedly throws out his ” hours” theorem: Not bad, but not great, either. I hate to keep harping on the appalling lack of attribution, but: May 03, Kierstin rated it it was amazing. It is a crucial distinction. Jan 27, Aimee Tariq rated it really liked it Shelves: