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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I do think there are problems with the school system, some of which he mentioned in this book. I’ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college-level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher-written summary of all material that Ugh, this book may have brought on my dumibng crisis.

No strategies for improvement or even ideas for it.

Community service,apprenticeship also make the child sensitive, sharing, kind, seriously engaged in the world. Jul 26, Mel rated it really liked it. This article has no associated abstract. He insists that despite the incredible amounts of money thrown at it over the years, that public education across America has collectively gotten worse, and then proceeds to blame this alleged decline plus too much television for all of the ills of society: Not only education, but more importantly families have hurt by this, as children are forced to spend more and more time out of the influence of loving parents and siblings.

Jan 10, John Martindale rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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.

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. Sep 01, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: One thing I do notice is how learning becomes departmentalized. I would rec After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. Gatto makes reference to theologians and philosophers, and revolutionaries, some of which he is critical of, others not so much, and provides some very interesting, but un-cited claims, throughout; which also show up in the forward by Thomas Moore a living Thomas Moore that is.


I have no bloody solution. He couldn’t talk, walk, create pictures ,sleepbrush perfectly.

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Compulsory school was therefore, not as much about education, as about control and creating a predictable people, shaped by the elite.

Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty pyramid. Full of terrible dreams which made his eyes very red, he went to the washroom. He points out that public education came of age during the industrial revolution, when manufacturers supported public schools because they were a training ground for their workers of the future, all conditioned-up nice like. Want to Read saving…. 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.

Like it happens sometimes, he also fell in a day of mistakes. It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species. This Special Collector’s Edition celebratescopies or the book in print, and the book’s on-going importance and popularity.

Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. Self discovery is the way to wonder,learn and grow as whole human beings. AND I’m going to have to check it out of the library if only my teacher’s salary allowed more room in the budget for more book purchases! Just think, if not for our educational system, maybe we could live in a world full of individuals, with their unique personalities, passions, quirks, skills, humor and strong opinions, undiluted, unashamed and on full display!

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

As Gatto mentioned, one learns about “the orbiting of planets, the law of large numbers, slavery, adjectives, architectural drawing, dance, gymnasium, choral singing, assemblies, surprise guests, fire drills, computer languages, parents’ nights, staff-development days, pull-out programs, guidance with strangers my students may never see again, standardized tests, age-segregation unlike anything seen in the outside world I thi Let me start out by saying that I am a public school teacher, so I may have some bias and will admit that I could feel defensive as Gatto derides public education, even though he was in public education for almost 30 years.


I will try to recap my brilliance. The 7 lessons kids are learning that he talks about in the first chapter were a definate eye opener. Sure to cause riots once more people realize that twelve to thirteen years of their lives were utterly wasted.

No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

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. He just asserts it will. We can all have picture perfect childhoods like the authors where we run around smoking all the cigarettes we can find and observing couples in the park making love on blankets all before we are eight years old. Oct 17, Ben rated it liked it Recommends it for: I have been hearing about this book in all of my 14 years of home education and can’t believe I waited so long to read it.

Simplistic, self-deceptive, sophist thinking at its best.

Dumbing Us Down

Every single one of your students? How a system that he claims worked in a small community almost years ago will work in a massive and complex country that is the modern United States he doesn’t explain in any detail. It was resisted — gatho with guns — by an estimated eighty percent dumbnig 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.