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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Gatto decries the loss of community which has been replaced by networksthe separation of young from old, the removal of children from families, the idea of the “professionalization of teaching which preempts the teaching function which belongs to everyone” 16the lack of free time for children to think, explore, and learn to serve. 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 own education.

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

Since this is getting long I will not get into some of the other problems I see in his arguments, including a misrepresentation of Deweys ideas, and instead leave it with a note on ua motives. I can now blame my still being single on the dumbing down, curiosity killing public education system!

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After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. And there are as many different school environments are there are different schools in the country. The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.


Let me start out by saying that I am a public school teacher, so 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. This book gets a big “meh” from me. I’ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college-level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher-written summary of all material that Ugh, du,bing book may have brought on my mid-life crisis.

Gatto ultimately explains that the compulsory education system can’t be fixed because is is flawed and unqualified in its conception and execution. He cites a study that said gagto someone is motivated to learn, reading, writing and arthritic can be learned in hours. A green fish saw him and said: The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage.

TV is another powerful control tool of the kids After the prisondom of school. Why trouble oneself writing radical books on the subject otherwise?

Like it happens sometimes, he also fell in a day of mistakes. He knew I could learn this relatively simple skill on my own. I found his argument lacking in many respects. Gatto spent a few 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.

I just ue with his dowm and his propaganda as well.

Graham Oliver – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 30 3: I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general. This book is preaching to the choir, a Not bad, but not great, either. Macmillan – forthcoming – Philosophy of Education: Very little on the context of schools at all, really.


He was gleeful again. Ugh, this book may have brought on my mid-life crisis.

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On the contrary, they are spectacularly successful in doing precisely what they are intended to do, and what they have been intended to do since their inception.

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Henderson – – Gattk Philosophy and Theory 42 2: In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thinkers. Surely not so a few of them can get rich? Peter Gardner – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 21 2: There’s interesting historical information about children in Massachusetts in being forced to go to public school at gun point.

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This entry has no external links. Open Preview See a Problem? To sum up his argument it seems to be this: Interesting to learn that the literacy rate in colonial America was close to total, and hasnt been that high since just before the Civil Wa This was an excellent book written by a NY teacher of the year who taught for 26 years in the jobn controlled monopoly school system”.