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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Trivia About Dumbing Us Down: Before reading this I had al Wow I just wrote gstto thoughtful and brilliant review of this book and then pushed the wrong button and lost. Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. In my current job, I get to work along side and initiate conversations with s upon s of youth and young adults.

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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 gattl successful models within, which there must be.

That is the only reason I finished it. No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry. Rewarding memory over application of principles, deep appreciation, and creative problem-solving, and unlike any real-world scenario.

As I said before, they have a continuous present, the dosn moment they are at is the boundary of their consciousness. The author is a teacher, and writes why he feels the school system is failing our children and our family. Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty ys. The children I teach have almost dumbign curiosity and what they do have is transitory; they cannot concentrate for very long, even on things they choose to do.

As with all my favourite books, I hohn lent it out and it is still out there! There were times I felt Gatto leaned too heavily on his own biases, conscious of this gattto would come round with a good save on the following page, or in the next chapter. And if you are a parent who cares about your child, you must read this book.

In other words, valuing self obsession and self interest will make things better because things like reason and rationality are hostile to freedom and oppressive. 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. The national curriculum is a joke. Nearly everything this author has to say gets said in the first chapter; the rest is just other speeches in which he expounds the virtues of ggatto life or goes gatgo anecdotes or repeats “school sucks” with different words.

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. Enjoyed this book, though it seemed a bit extreme, it made me feel good that I am homeschooling my kids. Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.

He points out that public education came of age during the industrial revolution, when manufacturers supported public schools because they jkhn a training ground for their workers of the future, all conditioned-up nice like. Return to Book Page.

So, millions of us are going through life without any shred of humanity? Not a good start and it hasn’t improved much.

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It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, not more. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Thus, eumbing highly specialised but dependent society. Many seem bored and apathetic and are unable enter into deep dialog.

The children I teach are cruel to each other, they lack compassion for misfortune, they laugh at weakness, they have contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly. This book is preaching johj the choir, and that’s about all it can do because it lacks structure, facts, sources, etc. Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church. Why trouble oneself writing radical books on the subject otherwise?

This book is proof that home educators are not obsessive nutcases, as he provides inside information on schooling in New York which spanned over 30 years. View all 5 comments.

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

But that is his premise that we need to: Nov 25, Debbie “DJ” rated it really liked it Shelves: The writer is fully supportive of a democratic, decentralize, liberty driven way. Write a customer review.

He denigrates the education system as a whole but only ever worked in one district. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What Is Classical Education? Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do.

I may not agree with each and every point that he makes, since I find him to be a bit extremist in some situations, but he is beyond thought-provoking. If you go to his website you will see a link to a group he started called the Odysseus group http: He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think. Recommended to Kristy by: 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.

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I don’t know what his definition of humanity is, but it’s obviously not the same as mine. Somehow, this will not only make education better but it will solve all of society’s problems. I’m not going to pretend I have a solution to all the problems with education in America, but I don’t believe this guy really has any good suggestions either. Apr 29, Claire rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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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