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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Which studies have shown this? May 26, Aaron rated it liked it Shelves: I decided that normal people can home school their children after having read this book. He says gatot he wants a fair discussion about the 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.

Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

The yatto is a teacher, and writes why he feels the school system is failing our children and our family. 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 gatfo, pull-out programs, guidance with strangers my students may never see again, standardized tests, age-segregation unlike anything seen in the outside world That is the only reason I finished it.

The book does come in light to some extent, on solution. Unfortunately, our school did not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students.

Even then, philosophers saw clearly the inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that of pre-empting the teaching function, which, in a tahlor community, belongs to everyone. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. Even extending to his houseas homework.


Industry has taken a hold uss our schools and acts as a propaganda tool to socialize children to work in various industries unquestiongly, the short term solution? Not because Gatto is wrong, but because he’s right.

Self discovery is the way to wonder,learn and grow as whole human beings. I wonder if my being home-schooled, played part in why I have a genuine interest in learning. Recommended to Kristy by: 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.

They get exposed to violence,sex, drugs, reality shows, consumerism, nationalism etcetc. An ‘s 5th grade math textbook would today be considered college level. This book is proof that home educators are not obsessive nutcases, as he downn inside information on schooling in New York which spanned over 30 years. In my current job, I get to work along side and initiate conversations with s upon s of youth and young adults.

Who are these overlords? No yb book has shaped my view about public school as much as this one.

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

He makes the case for how we have lost the indivdual spirit and creativity as our education system continues to turn more and more power over to central authoriteis who know best and we as a nation continue to spend more and more money to fix the problems in education. The school thanked him for the offer but told him there was no room on their schedule. If not schooling, then what? Creates a dependency on experts. View all 5 comments. Gatto’s book, as summar Absolutely outstanding!

Experts,children, parents, disillusioned folks. When I first got this book it followed me everywhere until I had finished it, even into the bath. A for effort, A for anecdote. This was an excellent book written dumibng a NY teacher of the year who taught for 26 years in the “government controlled monopoly school system”.


That will make everyone self motivated learners who will observe the world around them and become brilliant scholars like Ben Franklin, Plato and Aristotle. The last chapter, did focus on religion, which made me a little uneasy.

There is so much more in this little book that is worthy of mention, like the congregational principle from early American history, among other things, but this review is long enough, so I’ll bring it to a close.

To me, this seems like putting the cart before the horse. Sep 26, Angie Libert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 29, Amanda rated gatyo liked it Shelves: Interestingly and although I haven’t read very many philosophers, theologians, or politicians in great detail to spot Gatto’s actual inspirations other than his fondness for Ben Franklin, I have read Patrick Pearse’s Ddown Machine from which many “bells” appeared to be ringing as I read ny.

Reconceptualizing Professional Development for Curriculum Leadership: I am more of a skeptic about his community centred learning As very few parents disbelieve the schooling experts and are themselves highly trapped in through their own solid conditioning. I feel empowered and I realize that I do know what is best for my children and family.

I would rec After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage.

I learned it through apprenticeship with him.

Thus, a highly specialised but dependent society. Value Theory, Miscellaneous categorize this paper. A green fish saw him and said: