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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Experts,children, parents, disillusioned folks. The philosophy for setting schools is itself against life,humane,freedom of the child. I get so tired of sameness and lack of originality that is rampant in America.

Everything worth learning, in the equivalent of two and a half school-weeks?

One day I want to visit Solitude and learn from this amazing man. Every single one of your students? He really lost me there. Gatto is correct that schools act as mainly propaganda for the elite class and he may even be correct that compulsory education should not be the law of the land. It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.

John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling – PhilPapers

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley.


School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like children tatlor the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism. And we can only solve the problems we face and improve society by dismantling the educational system and everything that supports it and return to that never-never land of colonial Massachusetts by allowing the free market to take over and give people freedom of choice.

Gatto, a former school teacher, paints a picture of what really happens in the public school system, where “schooling” and “educating” are two different things and teachers have seven things they really teaches, none of which are education.

For such a short book, there’s a hell of a lot of repetition in it. Be prepared for a completely gattk box approach to fixing educational problems and to open your mind and really question education, the purpose, the approach, the results, and so forth.

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. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Even if you accept all of these specious taylof at face value, Dowwn think my biggest complaint about Dumbing Us Down is its complete failure to suggest any workable, real-world alternatives.

He repeatedly throws out his ” hours” theorem: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

And under the guise that it is the same thing as education, it has been picking our pockets just as Socrates predicted it would thousands of years ago.


Excerpt from the Foreward by Gayto Moore. Now with that silly rant aside, allow me to share some of the things I gleamed from this little book.

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

This will make your head spin. How have you been trying to unlearn them? Even then, philosophers saw clearly the inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that tayllr pre-empting the teaching function, which, in a healthy community, belongs to everyone. The role models they take on during school really are harming them.

Gatto’s analysis of the damage done to a student’s curiosity is so incisive as to bu any educated parent to our failing school system. Nov 25, Debbie “DJ” rated it really liked it Shelves: And it’s part of an implied conspiracy, which started after the Civil War, with the purpose of indoctrinating children by separating them from their communities and families and imposing systems of networks in haylor of community, with the ultimate goal of imposing centralized societal control.

Dumbing Us Down

Nov 12, Taylene rated it it was amazing. He just asserts it will. Unfortunately, our school did not allow that dialogue to happen, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students.