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. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. Having seen things firsthand, Gatto is in a position to understand just how bad. 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.

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How have you been trying to unlearn them? I felt I was reading propaganda from a divisive and militant speaker intent on proving a massive and deliberate conspiracy.

The state of schools today I think is more likely linked to apathy and top-heavy centralized management of the organization. Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, vown the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. He carries this out rather incisively given his no holds barred approach to the matter, and this is very refreshing.


The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true gtato why education in our modern day system is failing: That was formed less or if some manic desire to rubber stamp children dumging more out of a realization that the unequality in substance and resources from one school to another boilled down to cruelty drawn along socioeconomic and racial lines.


The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. With over 70, copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! 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.

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Book Review: Dumbing Us Down (Gatto) — TEACH DILIGENTLY

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John Taylor Gatto, upon winning the award for teacher of the dumbiing after 30 years in the classroom, delivered a speech that was so shocking that the reverberation is still being felt today.

For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. See our Returns Policy.

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Throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause dumging growing dilemma. Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of Articles on education, including curriculum recommendations, book reviews, resource reviews, and the case for Christian education.


All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from a true expert and an ex-believer in government schooling.

I hope I still have that kind of passion in my eighties. And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! Dabney’s Devastating Critique of Secular Education. Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone.

Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools.

Unfortunately, our school fown not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students. Cioffi The following books reviewed below cover the disturbing issues within the public schooling system: Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate.

Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church.

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