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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As the author saliently notes: 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: Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of Gatto makes reference to theologians and philosophers, and revolutionaries, some of which he is critical of, others not so much, and provides some very interesting, but un-cited claims, throughout; which also show up in the forward by Thomas Moore a living Thomas Moore that is.

See all Editorial Reviews. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle ud writing a poem tatto close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor. Not Enabled Word Wise: I have been hearing about this book in all of my 14 years of home education and can’t believe I waited so long to read it.

I teach schools and win awards doing it. Therefore, we need less schooling, not more. Creates a dependency on experts.

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Unless, taking us all back eown an agrarian society is his solution, which he talks about and seems to long for — an idealized past that never existed for everyone. 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 joohn. Sounds educational doesn’t it? Wow, this read really had me questioning our educational system.


We can all have picture perfect childhoods like the authors where we run around smoking all the cigarettes we can find and observing couples in the park making love on blankets all before we are eight years old. My biggest problem with this book is, being a series of essays, it’s a bit repetitive. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Simplistic, self-deceptive, sophist thinking at its best.

Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church. Please keep in mind, schooling and education are not the same thing. 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 Murder Machine from which many “bells” appeared to be ringing as I read this. Why trouble oneself writing radical books on the subject otherwise?

At one point I had attempted teaching in the high school system but it is poisoned.


Those are two completely different worlds. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. Sadly, many of the people I meet, seem to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense.

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I hate to keep harping on the appalling lack of attribution, but: The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage. Trivia About Dumbing Us Down: Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.

All parents and children should have say in where and how they are educated, only then can there be true educational reform and positive competition. But, if anybody is to know the real intention of America’s schools it is this man, with over 30 years of public school teaching, and a fair shake of rule breaking to see what his students were really capable of.


Gatto’s book, as summarized in the introduction by David Albert, contends that “schools are not failing. A highly praised best-seller for over a decade, this is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine.

Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom. This pamphlet seeks to open a debate on the Right to Education Campaign. Jun 02, Havebooks Willread rated it it was amazing Shelves: We need the principle of natural selection to root out the stupid ideas, the the governments monopoly guarantees retardation, lack of progress and stagnation.

Cosmetic reforms like putting up more money, teacher training, remedial classes can’t challenge the centralized, coercive ideology. The author is a teacher, and writes why he feels the school system is failing our children and our family. That will make everyone self motivated learners who will observe the world around them and become brilliant scholars like Ben Franklin, Plato and Aristotle. Things were so much better for education in 17th colonial Massachusetts where people had their own relationship with God and had to find their own truths.

I have no bloody solution. Compulsory school was therefore, not as much about education, as about control and creating a predictable people, shaped by the elite.

See, this gattto where I’m not OK with charter schools. On the contrary, I hear many American businesses decrying the brain drain, and wondering where the next generation of innovators is going to come from.