Buy Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 2nd by John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s. John Gatto was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year. 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.

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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. So, I agree with everything Gatto says about the problem, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm for his solution: Creates a dependency on experts.

In other words, Gatto is calling for parents to consider the homeschooling option.

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

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. He johm talk, walk, create pictures ,sleepbrush perfectly. That will make everyone self motivated learners who will observe the world around them and become brilliant scholars like Ben Franklin, Plato and Aristotle.

At least at the high school level What he is not not good at is showing the whole picture. What kids truly need is time with their parents: Before reading this I had already made the decision to begin homeschooling my children this fall, but after reading this book fall can’t come soon enough. John Taylor Gatto is an American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months and author of several books on education.


Please try again later. Plus, there’s an overwhelming sense “well back in my day” going on.

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I can now blame my still being single on the dumbing down, curiosity killing public education system! If it wasn’t for that, then I would have given this book 5 stars. 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.

The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage. Gatto believes one reason eown are taught indifference in school, is that teachers hope to encourage enthusiasm for the subject and yet when the bell rings, they must stop whatever they’re working on and proceed quickly to the next work station.

Gatto spent a dumbihg decades as a NYC public school teacher, so in theory he should have interesting ideas about what’s wrong with education and how to address the problems, but in practice, he doesn’t. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I thi Let me start out by saying that I am a public school teacher, uw 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. Nov 25, Debbie “DJ” rated it really liked it Shelves: There is still safety in Mathematics and the physical sciences if you can make it to upper division classes.

This is a great mystery to uz because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.

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However he leaves a few key facts out, the first is that there was compulsory education in that time, in the ‘s starting in Mass. Before reading this I had al Wow I just wrote a thoughtful and brilliant review of this book and then pushed the wrong button and lost. 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: I have no bloody solution.

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Most teachers and administrators that I know work tirelessly to provide a positive, enriching learning experience for their students.

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling is a collection of essays and speeches by Gatto on public education. This book is definitely worth reading if you care at all about the education of your children.

The education system isn’t just broken, it’s taking completely the wrong approach.

My biggest problem with this book is, being a series of essays, it’s a bit repetitive. Oh how this would be SO much more interesting, then the cookie cut clones, sliding out on the school conveyor belt.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like batto learn the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Unfortunately, our school did not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students.

Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore. Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Dumbkng individualisticthey are useless for the society.