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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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 was an excellent book written by a NY teacher of the year who taught for 26 years in the “government controlled monopoly school system”. He repeatedly throws out his ” hours” theorem: Everyone just trying to fit in, conform to tyalor culture, be cool and trample, ignore and mock the deviants.

I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about the kind of education I had — in rural Montana, where we had one school district for our entire town and the ranch and reservation kids dumbbing bused in and I graduated with 83 people.

Boy, was I wrong.

I get so tired of sameness and lack of originality that is rampant in America. For such a short book, there’s a hell of a lot of repetition in it. No other book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one. Gatto clearly states the seven ingredients of a national curriculum.


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Because they are not who they represent themselves to be the disguise wears thin in the presence of dmubing so intimate relationships have to be avoided. The second fact he leaves out is context. He just asserts it will. And there are as many different school environments are there are different schools in the country.

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Quotes from Dumbing Us Down: At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers. I am reading byy and learning more than I probably would have otherwise. It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry. Gatto seemed to me at first, a bit to polemical and unbalanced, but I still thought he made some excellent observations.

The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay su can make those decisions, which I then enforce.

Apr 11, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Now we have been rendered permanent children. 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 gtato same, even though they are not.


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

And I would change what I wrote from “definitely worth reading Just a moment while we gagto you in to your Goodreads account. May 03, Whitley Birks rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Give complete control over to these industries. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. Gatto basically told them that they were not serving kids well and that students needed to be told the truth, be given real-life learning experiences, and be responsible for their tatto education.

The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.

Dumbing Us Down

Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be administered. Lists with This Book.

He says that he wants a fair discussion about the subject but then engages in the same type of propganda he says he is against. The essays contained are the reflections of the author’s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote.