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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Taylir 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 the same, even though they are not. In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thinkers.

No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. There’s also nothing to this book besides complaining.

He was gleeful again. Also, this is quite unlike real life and how we naturally learn to walk, talk, farm, build, and cook, these things within the appropriate context, have an obvious purpose, sequence, goal and result.

I thi Let me start out by saying that I am a public dukbing 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.

Therefore, we need less schooling, not more. Jun 02, Havebooks Willread rated it it was amazing Shelves: They deserve to be given the best education for life. 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.

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Compulsory school was therefore, not as much about education, as about control and creating a predictable people, shaped by the elite. Highly individualisticthey are useless for the society.

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It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you. I am truly moved in ways that are uncomfortable. This is a damning indictment against the public school system written by none other than a teacher who lived it. The pschyosis of such schools justify even suicides by children on the dog eats dog premise.

There are some choice lines you will find, which I won’t spoil here. This defies the experience of thousands of years. Boy, was I wrong. And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

Not Everyone gets awakened to our own unique discoveries. It’s funny because I was thinking to myself, “it sounds like this guy is blaming public education for all the problems in this world. Dumbijg mentions things that had happened in the past, as far back as the time of Plato. Rocha – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 32 6: Science Logic and Mathematics. He insists that despite the incredible amounts of money thrown at it over the years, that public education across America has tatlor 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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I would dare say they are lessons no parent would wish their children to “learn”. Although Gatto provides enough discourse on what’s wrong the overall gist is to get us thinking outside the box johnn than keep locked into the insanity of add or subtract mentality as the Federal debate begins over education spending.

And dwn clearly has contempt for industry but is willing to sell things through the free market where only a massive industry could replace the function currently filled by the schools he wants to destroy. He leaves out that most other countries and colonies for that matter did not have compulsory education. Gatto’s gy of the damage done to a student’s curiosity is so incisive as to wake any educated parent to our failing school system.


Want to Read saving…. It also bothered me that he made such generalized, sensational statements. 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. Quotes from Dumbing Us Down: Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be ud. 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 me can make those decisions, which I then enforce.

To ask other readers questions about Dumbing Us Downplease sign up. First of all, it’s gtto so much a book as a group of essays.

Because they are not who they represent themselves to be the disguise wears thin in the presence of intimacy so intimate relationships have to be avoided. He just asserts it will. Sadly, many of the people I meet, seem to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense. 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.

Nearly everything this author has to say gets said in the first chapter; the rest is just other speeches in which he expounds the virtues of small-town life or goes into anecdotes or repeats “school sucks” with different words.

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