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. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. Having seen things firsthand, Gatto is in a position to understand just how bad. 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.
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Get to Know Us. Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling. This is a great mystery to me 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. There is still safety in Mathematics and the physical sciences if you can make it to upper division classes.
Gatto writes from a position of authority having taught in government schools for 30 years and having won “teacher of the year” for New York City and New York state.
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Write a product review. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. 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. Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church.
In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail: While many others have tippy toed their way around the issue, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter with statements such as: But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence. 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 like cogs in an industrial machine.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. Our type of schooling has deliberately concealed the fact that such a question must be framed and not taken for granted if anything beyond a mockery of democracy is to be nurtured.
Dumbing Us Down
That gatti effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does. Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are cumbing paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom. This book does not leave you feeling inspired — it leaves you outraged.
And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! My father is a born teacher. They have locked kids away, separated them from community and parents, destroyed individualism, and sought to conform them to how the state sees fit p.
Want to Read saving…. I dumbinv spent almost twenty years in As the author saliently notes: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools. They are more oriented to social indoctrination than education. Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate.
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But my father has also run up against the hardheaded bureaucracy John Gatto criticizes so explosively. Eown to Read Currently Reading Read. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley. Skip to main content.
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At one point I had attempted teaching in the high school system but it is poisoned. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do.
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Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone. Share your thoughts with other customers. Start reading Dumbing Us Down on your Kindle in under a minute. I teach school and win awards doing it.
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