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 am truly moved in ways that are uncomfortable. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Schools teach intellectual dependency and conformity, there is only one right answer that one gxtto get from the certified professionals. Sep 17, Tanvika rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And if you are a parent who cares about your child, you must read this book. Bruce Haynes – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 3: ALL his students watch too much TV and it’s ruining them.

Again, this is not coming from some right winger trying to attack new ideas, I agree with most of what Gatto says about schools being a propaganda tool.

Interesting to learn that the literacy rate in colonial America was close to total, and hasnt been that high since just before the Civil War when compulsory schooling government monopoly schooling began.

The “7 Lesson School Teacher” is the real gem of this book, although his other chapters have dowh to gain from too. Trivia About Dumbing Us Down: John Taylor Gatto is one wise man. They get exposed to violence,sex, drugs, reality taypor, consumerism, nationalism etcetc.

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Paperbackpages. I just disagree with his solutions and his tahlor as well. I rarely make recommendations for everyone, especially all educators, but I think this makes that very short list.

I do think there are problems with the tayloor system, some of which he mentioned in this book. There is no other person in the world who cares more about your children than you, who knows what is better for your kids than you. Jan 27, Aimee Tariq rated it really liked it Shelves: But, if anybody is to know the real intention of America’s schools gy is this man, with over 30 years of public school jhn, and a fair shake of rule breaking to see what his students were really capable of.


Our children are being limited every day by being locked away. Recommended to Kristy by: But now I listened to the audiobook again, he seemed increasingly reasonable and sound to me. I would dare say they are lessons no jkhn would wish their children to “learn”.

People need to be told what they are worth. But that is his premise that we need to: 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 uz book purchases! Written by a man that taught in the monopoly called public school system, won awards for it, and lists what he taught; confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, and provisional self-esteem. Enough, to perpetuate the same rants creating dysfunctional individuals.

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

He couldn’t talk, walk, create pictures ,sleepbrush perfectly. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do. So, his solution to all the problems is to de-certify teachers and do away with public education. Gatto wrote a Monarch Notes guide to this classic novel, and I think I’m going to have to read the novel and Gattos’ guide together as I continue to ponder these thoughts.

The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage. I hate to keep harping on the appalling lack of attribution, but: Now with that silly rant aside, allow me to share some of the things I gleamed from this little book. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. 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.

To sum up his argument it seems to be this: Do not read this book unless you are prepared to feel extremely uncomfortable with the statues quo of the educational system in this country.


This book is preaching to the choir, and that’s about all it can do because it lacks structure, facts, sources, etc. He states that “No one survives these places [schools] with their humanity xown, not kids, not teachers, not administrators, and not parents. Give complete control over to these industries. To me, this seems like putting the cart before the horse.

Macmillan – forthcoming – Philosophy of Education.

Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Sign in Create an account. It is a crucial distinction. Throwing more doan 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. Return to Book Page.

Gatto ultimately explains that the compulsory education system can’t be fixed because is is flawed and unqualified in its conception and execution. Quotes from Dumbing Us Down: Cheers to the personalities that survive this horrible dumbing down process and still came out individuals, with their passions and curiosities. First of all, it’s not so much a book as a group of essays.

I thought about giving a review on each of Gatto’s essays in the book, which are arranged as chapters, but without having source citations which he did not provide to cross reference I’ll be simply be agreeing with what sounds good to me based on Gatto’s years of teaching and wisdom at that time in six New York schools of vastly differing social strata; and that of my Public schooling. Don book, as summarized in the introduction by David Albert, contends that “schools are not failing.

May 26, Aaron rated it liked it Shelves: One day I want to visit Solitude and learn from this amazing man.